Subject: Press Release: North Carolina House Calls for Special Session to Address Charlotte Restroom Ordinance
OFFICE OF THE SPEAKERRep. Tim MooreSpeaker of the House
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Mollie YoungThursday – March 3, 2015 919-733-5917North Carolina House Calls for Special Sessionto Address Charlotte Restroom OrdinanceRaleigh, N.C. – Today Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) announced he has received requests from more than three-fifths of House members to call a special session to address the Charlotte City Council’s recently passed ordinance affecting the safety and privacy of people using restrooms.“The vast majority of my fellow colleagues in the House and I believe the ordinance passed by the Charlotte City Council poses an imminent threat to public safety. We believe it prudent to consider immediate action because the Charlotte City Council decided to make its ordinance effective prior to the convening of our short session. We understand that special sessions have a cost, but the North Carolina House is unwilling to put a price tag on public safety,” said Speaker Moore on Thursday.###
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North Carolina state legislators are vowing to reverse a new law in Charlotte that aims to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents against discrimination from businesses.Yes, you read that right. And yes, they're serious.
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