The battle over transgender rights is set to continue in North Carolina around the House Bill 2

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Gov. Pat McCrory (R) called the special session Monday, hours after Charlotte city officials said they would repeal a nondiscrimination ordinance the city passed in February. On Wednesday afternoon, the top Republican in the state Senate introduced a bill that would repeal the bathroom bill but this also imposed a “six-month cooling-off period,” during which local governments would not be able to enact ordinances relating to employment or public restrooms. “It is unacceptable. It’s a gimmick. It’s H.B. 2.0,” said Mara Keisling, president of the National Center for Transgender Equality. “It’s not okay and any legislature that would do that wouldn’t really be doing that for only six months.” Charlotte Mayor Roberts said in an email to the media that the state GOP “is incorrect and they need to stop playing politics with people’s lives.”

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