RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The decision by the North Carolina legislature and Gov. Pat McCrory to overturn Charlotte’s anti-discrimination ordinance is the latest muscle-flexing by leaders in Republican-controlled states to rebuff local governments.
A focal point of the Charlotte ordinance was a provision that allowed transgender people to use the restroom that conformed to their gender identities. But the law signed March 23 also bars all cities and counties in the state from passing anti-discrimination ordinances that would protect gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people.
North Carolina House Majority Leader Mike Hager says legislators are stepping in because the most liberal mayors and city councils are over-regulating.
North Carolina lawmakers have passed several other laws limiting what cities and counties can do.