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PRESS RELEASE
Senator Chuck Edwards

(919) 733-5745
16 W. Jones St
Raleigh, NC 27601-5925
Contacts: Danielle Plourd, (919) 733-5745
March 30, 2017

NC General Assembly Votes To Repeal HB 2


Raleigh, N.C. – The General Assembly elected today to repeal House Bill 2 and ensure our bathroom safety and privacy are FULLY protected.
I have a wife, a daughter, and a granddaughter. I would never license men to go where they don’t belong. Today’s HB 142 will maintain control of NC bathrooms. It will remain ILLEGAL for men to go into women’s bathrooms and locker rooms. I ask that everyone be willing to read and comprehend BEYOND simply the headlines.

The bill does the following:

 

While we continue to work toward a reasonable compromise that ends the distraction of HB2, national media outlets have reported the law has ‘failed to derail North Carolina as a regional and national (economic) powerhouse.’ According to the latest U.S. Department of Commerce report, North Carolina’s economy was the fastest growing in the southeastern United States and is expected to generate $6-7 trillion in state GDP over the next 12 years – meaning that even if the AP’s analysis were accurate, HB2’s total economic impact over that same period would be less than one half of one tenth of one percent.

 

The chairmen of the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday unveiled a roughly $1 billion tax cut proposal that would provide relief to the overwhelming majority of North Carolinians – with the most dramatic reductions going to middle class and working families and job-creating small businesses.

The Billion Dollar Middle Class Tax Cut Act, sponsored by Sen. Jerry Tillman (R-Randolph), Sen. Tommy Tucker (R-Union) and Sen. Andrew Brock (R-Davie), would continue Republican-led efforts to reform, simplify and cut state taxes – making our tax climate the most competitive in the region and among the most competitive in the nation. Beginning in 2018, the proposal would:

 

This week I co-sponsored SB 145. This act works to create additional incentives, ok- some might call them penalties- for local governments that do not comply with state laws related to immigration. It prohibits UNC institutions from becoming sanctuary universities. The bill provides for local citizens to file a form with the Attorney General’s office if they have belief that the municipality, county, university or public safety department are acting as a sanctuary to illegal immigrants and instructs the Attorney General to begin an investigation within 45 days of a received form.

If a city is found to be not in compliance with state immigration law, they are defunded for a year from the date of the finding. If 60 days after the initial finding, the city does not demonstrate it is in compliance with the law, the defunding increases to two fiscal years.

 

Monday the Senate passed legislation that would restore partisan elections for local judicial races, helping ensure North Carolina voters have more information about the candidates they elect.

The bill would bring the election process for Superior and District Court judges into line with the process that is already in place for state Supreme Court and Court of Appeals justices, beginning with the 2018 election cycle.