McCrory Responds To NCAA Cancellation; State Dems Call For Special Session

Lines Drawn Over NCAA Decision

Fired up.  Sounding off. Everyone has an opinion.

It's a heated topic -- that hits the heart of tournament town.

The NCAA's decision to pull seven championship tournament games out of North Carolina because of House Bill Two has a lot of people riled up since the news broke Monday around 8 p.m.

Governor Pat McCrory sent out a statement around 3:30 Tuesday afternoon.

McCrory said what he's said before: HB2 is something that will only be resolved in court.

But now with the NCAA pulling out of North Carolina he adds in a point about respect:

"The issue of redefining gender and basic norms of privacy will be resolved in the near future in the United States court system for not only North Carolina, but the entire nation. I strongly encourage all public and private institutions to both respect and allow our nation's judicial system to proceed without economic threats or political retaliation toward the 22 states that are currently challenging government overreach. Sadly, the NCAA, a multi-billion dollar, tax-exempt monopoly, failed to show this respect at the expense of our student athletes and hard-working men and women."

Since its passage in March - Governor McCrory hasn't changed his stance on House Bill 2, still calling it common sense legislation.

And even now other republican lawmakers aren't wavering either.

"I certainly do stand by my vote. I don't consider republicans or the state of North Carolina to be discriminatory in any way," saus Forsyth County Representative Debra Conrad (R).

She says she and the Governor are trying to let organizations like the NCAA know that nothing has physically changed in North Carolina from sixth months ago - just a law for safety.

But state Democrats are still fighting the law, even calling for a another special session to repeal HB2.

"I think we need to focus on repealing that damaging and shameful legislation and focus on providing protections from discrimination for North Carolinians," says Guilford County Representative Pricey Harrison (D).  "So, I think the first thing we need to do is repeal the bill to rebuild the states reputation."

Representative Harrison was one of many representatives Raleigh today --- calling for that special session.

According to state law, the governor can call a special session or the lieutenant governor can call a special session if three fifths of both the House and Senate, agree to call one.
 

(© 2016 WFMY)


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