General Assembly to hold extra session to deal with Charlotte bathroom ordinance legislation

legislative buildingRALEIGH – The North Carolina General Assembly will return to Raleigh for a special session Wednesday aimed at addressing Charlotte’s recent city-wide bathroom ordinance.  House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Kings Mountain) and Senate President Lt. Gov. Dan Forest say that they have the required two-thirds of the legislature signed on to hold the legislative session.

Gov. McCrory is supporting the special session, but is also cautioning members to keep the scope of the session narrow.  He wants them to only to address the specific issue of the Charlotte bathroom ordinance passed by the Charlotte City Council last month.  The ordinance allows people to use any gender bathroom they prefer, as opposed to the one that matches their biology.   The ordinance sparked criticism statewide.  Rumors circulated on Jones Street Monday that some lawmakers are hoping to enlarge the debate to include broader religious liberties legislation.

“Anything above and beyond the bathroom and locker room issue should be dealt with during the full legislative session to allow for public hearings and a broader discussion,” read a memo Monday afternoon to the General Assembly from Fred Steen, the Governor’s director of legislative affairs.

The special extra session will be held on Wednesday at 10:30am in Raleigh.