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Charlotte Mayor Roberts says changing HB2 is ‘up to the General Assembly’

Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts speaks at a forum on HB2 hosted by Equality NC.
Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts speaks at a forum on HB2 hosted by Equality NC. mhames@charlotteobserver.com

Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts said Monday she was heartened by the Justice Department’s lawsuit against the state of North Carolina over House Bill 2.

“I applaud that Charlotte’s values are the values that the nation holds,” Roberts told the media after a City Council meeting.

Earlier that day, Gov. Pat McCrory and legislative leaders filed a lawsuit asking for a judge to determine that HB2 is not discriminatory.

Soon after, the Justice Department filed its own lawsuit, seeking an injunction to suspend the law while a judge determines that it is illegal.

Last week, Roberts, a Democrat, met with the top Republican legislative leaders about HB2. During the meeting, Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore proposed that Charlotte take a symbolic vote to repeal its nondiscrimination ordinance. In return, the General Assembly might modify HB2.

That idea doesn’t appear to have the support of Roberts or a majority of the City Council.

On Monday, Roberts was asked whether there are any more meetings scheduled with legislative leaders.

She said she expects to have “conversations,” but that Raleigh has the power.

“It’s up to the General Assembly and the governor,” she said.

Steve Harrison: 704-358-5160, @Sharrison_Obs

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