NC Senate forms group to consider how to block restroom rule

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Some North Carolina state senators have been assembled to work with their House counterparts on potential legislation that would block a Charlotte ordinance that addresses the use of restrooms by transgender people.

Senate leader Phil Berger announced Tuesday the formation of a working group of 11 Republican senators, along with Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, the Senate’s presiding officer.

Berger and other GOP legislators are unhappy with the Charlotte City Council’s decision two weeks ago to pass a non-discrimination ordinance with a provision letting transgender people use restrooms that align with their gender identity.

House Speaker Tim Moore has said there is enough support in his chamber to hold a special session to overturn that provision, which takes effect April 1. Berger says returning early is an option.

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