The Latest: Session to repeal HB2 will he held Wednesday

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Posted: Dec 19, 2016 4:31 PM
The Latest: Session to repeal HB2 will he held Wednesday

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on plans to repeal the North Carolina law known as HB2 (all times local):

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4:30 p.m.

North Carolina's outgoing Republican governor says that he will call legislators for a special session Wednesday so they can repeal the law known as HB2, which limits LGBT protections.

Gov. Pat McCrory issued a video statement Monday. Earlier in the day, he confirmed he would call a special session.

Republican legislative leaders say they'll take up the repeal.

The statewide law known as HB2 requires people to use restrooms in many public buildings corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates and excludes sexual orientation and gender identity from statewide antidiscrimination protections.

Democratic Gov.-elect Roy Cooper first gave word that the special session was happening.

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1:30 p.m.

North Carolina's Republican legislative leaders are taking some jabs at Gov.-elect Roy Cooper even as they say they'll go along with a plan for a special session to repeal the state's HB2 law.

Senate Leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore issued a joint statement Monday saying that they will be ready to act when outgoing Republican Gov. Pat McCrory calls them into a special session. McCrory said he would call a special session.

But Berger and Moore also accused Cooper, a Democrat, of taking too much credit in announcing that a repeal was in the works.

They said that they've been amenable for months to repealing HB2 if Charlotte acted first to undo a local anti-discrimination ordinance. The Charlotte City Council did so on Monday.

Berger and Moore say Democrats used the debate over HB2 in past months "as a political stunt to drive out-of-state money into the governor's race."

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11:15 a.m.

North Carolina's outgoing Republican Gov. Pat McCrory says he will call a special session so that legislators can repeal a law limiting protections for LGBT people.

McCrory issued a statement Monday not long after the state's incoming governor, Democrat Roy Cooper, said that legislators plan to come back Tuesday for a special session to repeal the law.

The statement criticizes the Charlotte law that Republicans have blamed for the need to pass HB2. Charlotte voted Monday to repeal its local ordinance.

The governor's statement says: "As promised, Gov. McCrory will call a special session."

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10:35 a.m.

North Carolina's incoming governor says that legislators are planning to hold a special session to repeal a law limiting protections for LGBT people.

Gov.-elect Roy Cooper issued a statement Monday. Cooper says legislators plan to hold the session on the law known as HB2 on Tuesday because Charlotte repealed a local nondiscrimination ordinance that Republicans blamed for the statewide law.

The Charlotte City Council met Monday to repeal the ordinance enacted in early 2016.

However, the Council's move is contingent on North Carolina legislators fully repealing HB2 by December 31.

The statewide law known as HB2 requires people to use restrooms in many public buildings corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates and excludes sexual orientation and gender identity from statewide antidiscrimination protections.