After calling for a special legislative session for the sole reason of annulling the HB 2, or “bathroom bill,” North Carolina lawmakers refused to repeal the controversial law.
Texas Association of Business President Chris Wallace released a strong statement following the inaction from North Carolina leaders, assuring Texans and the country that the Texas business community will not support any law that mirrors such unjust discrimination.
“After months of debate and an unprecedented special session by the North Carolina Legislature, it’s unfortunate to see that the state chose not to repeal the discriminatory law created by HB 2,” Wallace said. “North Carolina and states that embrace discriminatory legislation will continue to suffer dire economic consequences, losing revenue and major events and disrupting job creation and investment.”
That’s why the Texas business community has made clear that discriminatory laws like HB 2 have no place in Texas, said Wallace.
“We can’t afford to slam the door on the Texas Miracle, and create an environment hostile to business, unsafe and unwelcoming for citizens and harmful to our larger economy and prosperity," he said. "Keep Texas Open for Business will continue to press our own Texas lawmakers to roundly reject discriminatory bills, no matter how they’re phrased or what they’re named.”