Carrboro alderpersons Damon Seils and Michelle Johnson, in consultation with Mayor Lydia Lavelle, have called a special meeting of the Carrboro Board of Alderpersons to consider a resolution to address House Bill 2.
The meeting will be this Saturday, March 26th, at 1:00 pm at Carrboro Town Hall.
Here is more information on the CBOA meeting.
Here is more information on the bill that was signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory last night at 10 pm after first being introduced 10 am that very morning. Among other things, the new law does the following:
- Makes it legal for businesses that provide public accommodation to post signs that say "no gays allowed." Or no veterans. Or no pregnant women.
- Cities and counties are prohibited from writing nondiscrimination ordinances that go beyond the state law. Orange County's longstanding civil rights ordinance that protects people based on veteran status and familial status is now invalid.
- Makes it harder to sue for discriminatory employment practices. You cannot file suit in state courts. You now have to go through the federal court system.
- Local governments are barred from raising the minimum wage in their communities (although living wage ordinances for municipal employees like those that Carrboro and Chapel Hill have enacted are not threatened).