"North Carolina state legislators are debating a proposal to repeal most of the state's controversial "bathroom bill," and the vote on the measure is expected to be close.
Late on Wednesday, Republican state lawmakers and the Democratic governor of North Carolina said they had reached a deal to repeal HB2, the law that restricts the abilities of transgender people to use the restroom corresponding to their gender identity.
Debate in the state Senate opened at 11 a.m. Eastern. If passed by the Senate, it will move to the House for approval. Democrats are divided on the bill, WUNC's Jeff Tiberii reports, and it's unclear if enough Republicans support it; the vote is expected to be close.
LGBT activists quickly denounced the proposed bill, which would limit the ability of local officials to extend protections to transgender people for at least four years."
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