Charlotte City Council votes again on ordinance repeal

Jason E. Miczek—For The North State Journal
The Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center Monday

CHARLOTTE — On Wednesday morning the Charlotte City Council reported they fully repealed the ordinance they passed in February, clearing the way for the General Assembly to repeal the controversial House Bill 2 law. While the vote was live-streamed, the text of the measure they passed has not been released, leading media and state lawmakers to hesitate before declaring success. The reason is because controversy erupted Tuesday night over a vote Monday in which the city council declared that they had passed a full repeal. Later the city confirmed they repealed the bathroom and public accommodations portion of the bill, leaving in tact the nondiscrimination regulations on wages and government contractors. Some members of the city council reported to local media they did not realize it wasn’t a full repeal.On a difficult issue where the parties don't have a lot of trust, we got thrown a curveball by the less than full repeal by Charlotte— Rep. Chuck McGrady (@ChuckMcGrady) December 21, 2016
Attorneys for the Charlotte City Council said Wednesday morning’s emergency vote completed the full repeal of the ordinance. Critics on social media, including N.C. GOP Vice Chairman Michell Nix, called it a “bait-and-switch” as lawmakers worked to put this controversy behind [email protected] @DallasWoodhouse #cltcc reminds me of the kid who when making a deal, crossed their fingers behind their back. #shameful #NCGA— Michele Nix (@MicheleNixNCGOP) December 21, 2016
Now, the second and full repeal came just minutes before the N.C. General Assembly is scheduled to convene at the direction of Gov. Pat McCrory.