Are there any teeth to House Bill 2?
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - North Carolina House Bill 2 was passed more than a week ago, and WBTV is finding out if it has any teeth to it. The bill prevents the LGBT community from using a bathroom they identify with. The bill states the bathroom you use must be for the same sex that is on your birth certificate.
The transgender community is fearful of the bill. Alyson Nicole Jamison is transgender and calls House Bill 2 ridiculous. She has used the women's bathroom before and is troubled about what to do.
"Go to the female's bathroom and go by my identified gender," Jamison said, "Or be rejected from the female bathroom or go to the males' bathroom and then worry about either getting jumped or beat up or brutally hurt."
We are asking what will happen if Jamison continued to use the women's restroom.
Co-Sponsor of House Bill 2 Dan Bishop sent WBTV a statement about the enforcement of the bill.
"As you have noticed," Bishop wrote. "There are no enforcement provisions or penalties in HB2. Its purpose is to restore common sense bathroom and shower management policy in public buildings, not to pick out people to punish. I anticipate that people will continue to follow long-standing custom now that we have reversed Charlotte's mandate on private businesses that turned bathroom management policy upside down."
People in the LGBT community argue that the bill doesn't restore common sense like Bishop states.
"Common sense is progression," Heather Himes said. "I don't think it's progressive to assume that everyone's going to be comfortable in a certain bathroom."
WBTV contacted the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) about enforcing House Bill 2.
"This new law does not provide for any criminal sanction or other legal remedy for a violation," CMPD wrote. "In contrast, a private business can choose how to make their facilities available to their employees and customers. In either case, CMPD's role will be limited to enforcing indecent exposure, trespassing, and other criminal laws."
State lawmaker Rodney Moore opposed the bill and believes why pass a bill if there is no plan to enforce it.
"Clear waste of time," Moore said. "A waste of $42,000 to call us back for political theater. There is no way to enforce it and no plan to enforce it and so basically it's just a statement."
People in the LGBT community say there maybe no enforcement now, but ask if that still be the case down the road.
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