Local lawmakers react to possible special session

GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT)- An addition to a North Carolina city ordinance has state leaders up in arms.

Charlotte expanded its non-discrimination ordinance to include protections for the LGBT community. Now, republican legislators want to call a special session to deal with it.

“Going back to Raleigh is an expense to the tax payer,” Representative Gregory Murphy said.

No matter what side you’re on, democrat or republican, some things are just fact. When state legislators convene for a special session it costs taxpayers money, over $40,000 to be exact.

Representative Jean Farmer- Butterfield said, “Why have a special session just do address this is not cost efficient.”

Having an extra session is exactly what House Speaker Tim Moore wants to do.

In a statement, Moore said, “We understand that special sessions have a cost, but the North Carolina house is unwilling to put a price tag on public safety.

This all comes weeks after Charlotte’s city council added LGBT protections to their non- discrimination ordinance. One part of that includes allowing transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice.

It’s something Moore says is “An imminent threat to public safety.”

House representative Dr. Gregory Murphy says Charlotte’s new ordinance violates state obscenity laws and building codes. Murphy says he’s not a fan of costing taxpayers money, but this issue needs to be discussed.

“They passed a law that tried to overturn state law, yeah I think that needs to be dealt with,” Murphy said.

On the other side, house Representative Jean Farmer-Butterfield says, the discussion can wait.

“We just had a session on redistricting where the voters had to come back and address redistricting, we don’t need to come back for another session until April 25th,” Butterfield said.

Butterfield also said, “Put it in a referendum maybe, before the people, and let them vote on this issue.”

This year’s legislative session begins April 25th. Charlotte’s ordinance takes effect on the 1st.

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