City Attorney Patrick Baker said his office is looking into how legislation passed in the General Assembly on Wednesday will affect Durham.
“It obviously dealt with a number of issues beyond the big ticket issue,” he said. He expects to have a memo for City Council members prepared by midweek next week.
House Bill 2 prevents local governments from passing nondiscrimination ordinances and from allowing people to use the bathroom corresponding to their gender identity. It was introduced in response to a Charlotte ordinance that would have gone into effect April 1.
The bill passed 83-25 in the House and 32-0 in the Senate after the 11 Democrats walked out.
At the council work session Thursday, council member Don Moffitt said the bill reflects a legislature that is “way out of its balance and out of control.”
Council member Steve Schewel emphasized that none of the Durham legislators had voted for the legislation.
Casey Steinbacher, who spoke to the council about the upcoming Moogfest Festival, said talk of House Bill 2 has been “going through the social media craze” and people have expressed concern on Moogfest sites about the festival taking place in North Carolina.
“Moogfest has come out and said obviously they support the LGBT community,” she said. “I just want to make sure that you know that these are the kind of things that really affect our ability to do these kind of great things.”
Council member Jillian Johnson said the council should discuss making a statement opposing the new legislation.