A Democratic North Carolina House Representative who voted in favor of North Carolina’s very controversial and anti-queer House Bill 2 a few weeks ago is in the works to repeal it.
During a Friday appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press, Billy Richardson told host Chuck Todd, “I have legislation drafted that I will introduce in the short session. What my legislation would do is re-establish our courts as a means of redress.” As the New Civil Rights Movement reports, Richardson further stated that his proposal will “[expand] out anti-discrimination laws to the LGBT community and to veterans and to service members.”
Before his appearance on the show, he issued a press release on the need to strike down House Bill 2. According to ThinkProgress, the bill has cost the Tar Heel State $39.7 million, after over 160 companies spoke out to condemn it.
“House Bill 2 has taken our state in the wrong direction, undermining our values and costing us jobs. Since HB2’s enactment, a powerful movement of businesses and community leaders have joined with members of the legislature to repair the damage caused by this discriminatory law. Today, I hope to further this movement by introducing legislation to help right this wrong,” he wrote. “My bill is a commonsense approach to fixing this problem. On most matters, the government that is closest to the people is best. My legislation restores local government control over municipal contracts and non-discrimination policies for their residents.
Billy has been vocal about his decision to sign the bill, which he described as something that has haunted him ever since. “The bottom line is I just looked myself in the mirror after this happened and said I made a mistake,” Richardson told Meet the Press. “We need to fix it.”
“I think the governor needs to go farther than where he’s gone and I hope he will,” Richardson said. “I really want to be part of the solution to this. It has hurt our credibility in the nation so bad and hurt our businesses. We just can’t afford to lose these jobs.”
But, governor Pat McCrory isn’t backing down. In a Sunday interview, McCrory said, “What we’ve got to do is deal with this extremely new social norm that has come to our nation at a very quick period of time, and have these discussions about the complexity of equality while also balancing the concept of privacy, including even privacy in the most private of areas of our life, which is a restroom, locker room, or shower facility in our high schools.”