The following statement regarding the North Carolina Legislature’s decision to make changes to House Bill 2 should be attributed to Chris Wallace, President, Texas Association of Business:

“HB 2 has done immense damage to North Carolina’s economy and bogged down its legislature for a year now. Lawmakers in that state, staring down a hard deadline from the NCAA to repeal the discriminatory law or lose championship games for at least five years, are finally taking action.

“While not a full repeal, and while far from perfect, North Carolina lawmakers are finally waking up to the fact that HB 2 has had dire economic consequences – including an estimated $3.76 billion in losses, disruption of job creation and stifling investment.

“That’s why the Texas business community has made clear that discriminatory laws like HB 2 have no place in Texas.

“Today’s action by North Carolina’s governor and state lawmakers should send a loud and clear message to our own Texas Legislature: reject Senate Bill 6, a discriminatory and unnecessary bill that does nothing to address safety.”

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