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Topic: Preemption Bills

The dramatic rise in state efforts to limit LGBT rights Washington Post  •  July 1, 2016 While the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community has become more visible and won more legal protections in recent years, state lawmakers have increased attempts to pass legislation that could restrict civil rights for LGBT people. Since 2013, legislatures have introduced 254 bills, 20 of
US Justice Department: North Carolina’s HB2 violates Civil Rights Act Charlotte Observer  •  May 4, 2016 U.S. Justice Department officials repudiated North Carolina’s House Bill 2 on Wednesday, telling Gov. Pat McCrory that the law violates the U.S. Civil Rights Act and Title IX – a finding that could jeopardize billions in federal education funding. The department gave state officials until Monday
North Carolina Governor McCrory spins on HB2 when he should back its repeal The News & Observer  •  April 12, 2016 To borrow a phrase from Bruce Springsteen, Gov. Pat McCrory must have sensed some “darkness on the edge of town” in his re-election campaign. That is the only reason the governor is running for political cover in pretending to correct HB2, the disastrous bill passed by Republican leaders in the
South Carolina Sheriff Lott calls bathroom bill “unnecessary” and “unenforceable” Fox WACH  •  April 12, 2016 RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WACH) – Richland County Sheriff has released a statement about the highly-debated, proposed “bathroom bill” in South Carolina. SC Senate Bill 1203, commonly known as the bathroom bill, was proposed last week by Upstate Senator Lee Bright that would make trans
North Carolina, Mississippi, And 2016’s LGBT Rights Backlash Vocativ  •  April 7, 2016 These bills, all from just this year, are far from alone. “There’s really been an uptick over the past three years,” says Andy Garcia, program manager for Equality Federation, a nationwide LGBTQ activist organization. “We’ve never seen anything like this legislative session in terms of bil
South Carolina Senator Introduces Bill He Says Mirrors North Carolina Anti-LGBT Bill HB2 The New Civil Rights Movement  •  April 6, 2016 South Carolina State Senator Lee Bright has just introduced a bill he says mirrors North Carolina’s anti-LGBT bill, known as HB2. The bill actually only mirrors the anti-LGBT portion and does not include the minimum wage and employment discrimination portions. “Multiple occupancy ba
Texarkana, Arkansas voters to weigh in on anti-discrimination policy Gayly  •  April 5, 2016 TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — Texarkana, Arkansas, residents will vote on whether the city’s new anti-discrimination policy will stay or go. The Texarkana Gazette reports that members of the city’s board of directors voted Monday to use nearly $23,000 of the city’s fund balance to pay
Arkansas appealing ruling on city’s LGBT protections The Gayly  •  March 30, 2016 LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ attorney general is appealing a judge’s ruling that a city ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity doesn’t conflict with a state law aimed at blocking local protections for gays and lesbians. Read more here.
North Carolina Lawmakers make it harder for fired workers to sue WRAL  •  March 24, 2016 RALEIGH, N.C. — Although most of the attention over legislation the General Assembly passed and Gov. Pat McCrory signed within 12 hours Wednesday has been focused on who uses what bathroom and the lack of LGBT protections against discrimination, the new law also makes it harder for a worker to su
North Carolina governor signs bill undoing state LGBT ordinances Washington Blade  •  March 24, 2016 Ian Palmquist, a North Carolina resident and director of leadership programs for the Equality Federation, a national umbrella group for state LGBT groups, condemned McCrory in a statement that called House Bill 2 “the most extreme, anti-LGBTQ legislation in the country.” “If the governor had m