NC BATHROOM BILL HAS AN EVEN MORE IMPORTANT "MESSAGE"

NC HB2 is a Koch Bros.Trojan horse



Mar. 31, 2016 8:22 am

All of the coverage and discussion re. North Carolina's HB2 has been about LGBT issues.
The real meat of the bill is in section 2 and prohibits any local or county govt. from enacting any rules about wages or working conditions. It also re-instates Jim Crow. The LGBT part is bad but a shiny object to distract us from the real purpose of the bill. Read the bill here: http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2015E2/Bills/House/PDF/H2v1.pdf
I predict that the Governor will agree to amend the law to remove the LGBT content and leave the rest.

NOTE:
This short post with a link to the actual bill - HB2 - reveals that not only did the North Carolina legislature pass an egregious anti-LGBT law that Governor McCrory signed causing a national uproar, the bill - HB2 - also contains a section that reads, in part:

"PART II. STATEWIDE CONSISTENCY IN LAWS RELATED TO EMPLOYMENT AND CONTRACTING

Section 2.1 G.S. 95-25.1 reads as re written:

95.25.1  Short title and legislative purpose: local governments preempted.

(a)    This article shall be known and may be cited as the "Wage and Hour Act."

(b)    The public policy of the State is declared as follows:  The wage levels of employees, hours of labor, payment of earned wages, and the well-being of minors are subjects of concern requiring legislation to promote the general welfare of the people of the State without jeopardizing the competitive position of North Carolina business and industry.  The General Assembly declares that the general welfare of the State requires the enactment of this law under the police power of the State.

(c)    The provisions of this Article supersede and preempt any ordinance, regulation, resolution, or policy adopted or imposed by a unit of local government or other political subdivision within the State that regulates or imposes any requirement upon an employer pertaining to compensation of employees, such as the wage levels of employees, hours of labor, payment of earned wages, benefits, leave, or well being of minors in the workforce.  ,,,



So not only has the North Carolina State Legislature forbidden cities and counties in the state from passing any laws, regulations or rules that pertain to the use of bathrooms by "the other sex" or besides the sex you were born with even though you might already have had your testicles and penis surgically chopped off and a vaginal canal created in your body where the aforementioned body parts formerly hung between your legs - and vice versa -  it would appear that the State Legislature of North Carolina (whose state motto is: "Esse Quam Videri" "To be, rather than to seem") is living up to its motto and "being" a true bunch of A+ assholes rather than just "seeming" to be such.

I for one can't prove that Section 2.1 of Bill HB-2 was authored by the Koch Brothers or by one of their many subsidiaries such as  "Screwing The People, Inc." or "Unions Die, Inc", but if it wasn't they surely provided the model for this legislation that forbids cities and counties in the state from determining employee wages, leave, benefits and, presumably, what color socks employees are required to wear to work every day. 

I guess you could file this clever piece of regressive legislation under the heading "North Carolina Strictly Applies States Rights Clause of the Constitution" leaving all power to the State Legislature.

Or maybe just file it under "Another Repressive Piece of Red State Legislation" just ahead of  Voter ID Laws and Defunding Planned Parenthood laws. 

Thanks to Dan Mahoney for alerting us to this. 

I'm outta here.   









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