I want to take a moment to thank everyone for sharing their concerns and keeping me in their thoughts and prayers during today’s vote on HB2. I can say, unequivocally, that I am absolutely against allowing men and women to share restrooms or changing facilities. I am a father of two young daughters, and I would not support a bill that I felt in any way would put them in danger.
Charlotte began this unnecessary conflict by doing the bidding of radical special interests groups, even though they never had the constitutional authority to pass such an ordinance to begin with.
The bill we voted on today and that I supported, HB142, is not a repeal of HB2 so much as it resets the bathroom policies as they were before Charlotte interfered. The bill clearly states that radical city councils like Charlotte and other government entities CANNOT regulate access of multiple occupancy restrooms, showers, or changing facilities. Only the NC General Assembly may enact bathroom ordinances. What this essentially means is that the restroom provision of HB2 remains and our children will not be forced to share bathrooms with those of the opposite sex. So long as I represent the people of the 46th district, I will not waiver on this vital issue of privacy.
In addition to this, I have joined with Senator Britt in drafting a bill that strengthens existing law and offers even more protections for everyone in restrooms and changing facilities. My bill will do two things: First, it will specifically state it is a second degree trespass for entering the restroom or changing room of the opposite sex; secondly, it would enhance the punishment from what is now, a class 3 misdemeanor punishable up to only 10 days, to a class 1 misdemeanor, punishable up to 120 days in jail.
To summarize, the bill we passed today, HB142, does the following:
- Returns bathroom policies to how they were before Charlotte’s bathroom ordinance.
- Protects the privacy of the citizens of the state and prevents local governments from regulating bathrooms.
- Implements a moratorium on local ordinances until December 1st, 2020, which will allow federal litigation to be resolved.
I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for all of your continued support. It truly means so much to me and my family. I hope this great state can now move forward knowing that what we passed not only keeps us safe but respects our right to privacy.
I hope you will share this information with your friends and anyone else who had concerns about today’s vote. And I hope you will support Sen. Britt and me as we pursue passing stronger language to ensure proper punishment of violators. God bless you all and may God continue to bless the great State of North Carolina.