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Cooper keeps pressure on for HB2 repeal vote

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VIDEO: North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper talks about his priorities in the 2017 legislative session during an interview at his office in the State Capitol Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.
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VIDEO: North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper talks about his priorities in the 2017 legislative session during an interview at his office in the State Capitol Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.

State lawmakers return Wednesday to start their work for 2017, their first session sharing Raleigh with the Cooper administration. The News & Observer takes a look at four people and five issues that will matter this year. Get to know Dale Folwell, Darren Jackson, Bill Rabon and Sarah Stevens. Find out what the General Assembly could consider on taxes, election law, teacher and principal pay, House Bill 2 and Hurricane Matthew relief. And learn more about how the legislative process works.

Gov. Roy Cooper continues to push for repeal of the controversial law known as House Bill 2 that limits LGBT protections.

An attempt to repeal HB2 fell apart in a special legislative session before Christmas.

The law requires transgender people to use bathrooms in government buildings that correspond to the gender on their birth certificates. It also puts restrictions on local non-discrimination ordinances.

Cooper maintains that there are enough votes in both chambers to repeal the law, but groups that support socially conservative causes are determined to keep it in place. Earlier this month, Republican House Speaker Tim Moore predicted there would be a compromise.

"When they will work with me, I will work with them," stated North Carolina Governor-elect Roy Cooper during an interview with the Charlotte Observer about the failure of the repeal of HB2.

Lynn Bonner: 919-829-4821, @Lynn_Bonner

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