HB2 reversal unlikely as DOJ deadline approaches

RALEIGH, NC (WNCT) – A reversal of House Bill Two is unlikely as the deadline from the US Department of Justice approaches.

Governor Pat McCrory has until Monday to tell federal attorneys that government officials won’t enforce the new law.

The US Department of Justice says House Bill Two violates the Civil Rights Act. Some say, if there isn’t a reversal, North Carolina could risk losing federal funding.

“That’s negligent,” said Rep. Chris Sgro, D – Guilford County. “We’re talking about billions of dollars in federal funding, hundreds of millions of dollars of economic impact already lost. It is really a shame if the North Carolina General Assembly is not going to consider a way to fix this.”

Governor McCrory claims he asked for a one week extension on Friday, and says he doesn’t have the authority to change House Bill Two by tomorrow’s deadline.

House Speaker Tim Moore said he hopes the DOJ will give them more time to look at HB2.

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