US Sen. Richard Burr mum after saying LGBT law went too far

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Posted: May 25, 2016 4:52 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's senior senator is staying mum about his comments that a new state law limiting some legal protections for LGBT people and directing which bathrooms transgender people could use "was far too expansive."

A spokeswoman for U.S. Sen. Richard Burr on Wednesday declined to clarify the senator's statements to The Huffington Post. Burr spokeswoman Taylor Holgate said Burr was unavailable for an interview.

Burr said on Tuesday that "the legislature botched what they were trying to do," adding, "it was far too expansive."

The legislation addressed transgender people and bathrooms, but also banned local governments raising the minimum wage above $7.25 and effectively blocked workplace discrimination lawsuits from state courts.

Burr is seeking re-election this year against Democratic nominee Deborah Ross.