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National League of Cities: We won’t punish Charlotte for HB2

Gov. Pat McCrory questioned Attorney General Roy Cooper’s tenure as attorney general during their debate Friday. The North Carolina Bar Association convened its 118th Annual Meeting on June 23-26, with the election season in full view at The Westin Charlotte. The featured political event was the gubernatorial candidates' forum involving Governor Pat McCrory and Attorney General Roy Cooper on Friday morning, June 24.
Gov. Pat McCrory questioned Attorney General Roy Cooper’s tenure as attorney general during their debate Friday. The North Carolina Bar Association convened its 118th Annual Meeting on June 23-26, with the election season in full view at The Westin Charlotte. The featured political event was the gubernatorial candidates' forum involving Governor Pat McCrory and Attorney General Roy Cooper on Friday morning, June 24. jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

The National League of Cities will still hold its City Summit in Charlotte next fall despite the group’s opposition to House Bill 2, which it says “broadly preempts local authority and runs counter to the notion that inclusiveness is a fundamental pillar of strong cities.”

In a statement Monday night, NLC’s CEO and Executive Director Clarence Anthony said that changing the location of the summit would penalize Charlotte for the state’s action.

The NLC passed a resolution over the weekend condemning North Carolina’s HB2 and similar measures passed by “a number of states” to restrict local ordinances, the group said.

The resolution will be delivered to Gov. Pat McCrory, the N.C. General Assembly, Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts and the Charlotte City Council.

“The National League of Cities sent a clear message to the state of North Carolina: We stand with the City of Charlotte, and we will oppose any actions that preempt local control or discriminate against members of our communities,” Anthony said.

The NLC’s decision comes days after the NBA said it is moving its 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte because of HB2, representing perhaps the most high-profile fallout from the controversial law.

The NLC’s 2017 City Summit is scheduled for Nov. 15-18 in Charlotte.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta

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