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North Carolina's version of 'Don't Say Gay Bill' likely to be put on hold — for now

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RALEIGH — A controversial bill restricting LGBTQ instruction in elementary schools might not be taken up by the N.C. House in the remaining few weeks of the legislative session.

House Bill 755, also known as the Parents’ Bill of Rights, was approved by the state Senate earlier this month just over a week after being proposed by Republican lawmakers and was expected to be voted on in the House soon thereafter.

But Republicans won’t rush to pass the bill if they don’t have enough Democratic support to circumvent a likely veto from Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper.

And, as of now, they don’t.

“We’ve really not decided if we are going to move it in the short session,” House Speaker Tim Moore said Wednesday. “And really, the reason is, we’ve looked at it and we’ve counted the votes, and right now as it is, we don’t see a pathway, necessarily, to it becoming law. Because we don’t have enough Democratic members who have indicated they would join in on a likely veto override.”

In order to override vetoes from Cooper, Republicans would need to pick up an additional three seats in the House and two seats in the Senate in this fall’s election.

Moore said Republicans are “very bullish” about their prospects of achieving a supermajority and said the bill was “certainly the kind of issue that we can take up in next year’s session.”

Lawmakers are finishing work on a budget proposal and other remaining bills before a planned recess beginning in the first week of July.

Introduced in late May with the support of top Senate Republicans, including GOP leader Phil Berger of Eden, HB 755 would prohibit North Carolina elementary schools from teaching K-3 students about LGBTQ issues.

The bill would also require schools to notify parents if their children are identified by different pronouns in school records or by school employees. Advocates have said that provision of the bill would be a major setback for LGBTQ youth, since it could lead to situations where schools are forced to out students to parents.

Opponents of the bill have held a series of protests. They have compared the bill to similar legislation regulating instruction about LGBTQ issues in other states, particularly the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill enacted by Florida lawmakers earlier this year.

Moore acknowledged Wednesday that the bill had been politically controversial and said he didn’t think it was necessary to try and pass the bill if Republicans aren’t certain they would be able to make it into law.

“With the political dynamics being what they are, we’re going to make a calculation,” Moore said. “If we think there’s a pathway to get this bill passed and see it become law, then I suspect we would act on it. But if we feel like we’re going to fall short on some votes, I don’t know that it’s something we’re going to undertake.

“It’s not been completely determined.”

Moore added that it was important for lawmakers to consider the bill in a “careful and methodical” manner, and avoid turning the issue into a “political football.”


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