RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT) – Monday, Roy Cooper joined others in asking Governor MccCory to call a special session to immediately repeal House Bill 2
WNCT 9 On Your Side sat down with the candidate for governor, who said he predicted the negative economic impact the bill has had as soon as it was signed. He explained why his office choose not to defend the law in court.
“We represented them and the state in most all of these cases,” said Attorney General Roy Cooper, Democratic gubernatorial candidate. “No, we did not defend House Bill 2 because, I believe, it’s unconstitutional, and it’s hurting our state and we need to get rid of it.”
Cooper said through all of the controversy, he’s been pushing businesses to expand and come to North Carolina, and asking them to help in the efforts to repeal the law.
However, he said the negative impacts of the law are clear to see.
9 On Your Side reached out to local representatives and senators to see how they feel about Roy Cooper’s statement to Governor Pat McCrory.
Here’s what some had to say over Cooper’s suggestion of calling a special session:
“I believe it’s important,” said Senator Don Davis, Dist. 5, D. “Now, more than ever, we’re forced to really come to the table in a meaningful way and lets really assess the situation and figure it out.”
“We just need them to repeal and then there will be discussion,” said Pat McElraft, Dist. 13m R. “If they repeal, we’ll be back where we were before, before they caused this whole problem. Charlotte is the problem, it is not the state of North Carolina.”
And it’s a big no from the mayor of Charlotte.
Acording to WNCT’s CBS affiliate there, Mayor Jennifer Roberts said the city will not consider repealing its non-discrimination ordinance in a compromise to get House Bill 2 repealed.
It comes after Governor Pat McCrory’s office released a statement saying he would call a special session if the council repeals its own ordinance.
According to an Elon poll, nearly half of North Carolina voters heading to the polls this fall oppose of HB2. The poll shows 49.5 percent oppose the law while 39.5 are in support of it and 11 percent don’t know.