State Politics

Stam partly right on claim that 31 states “have the same type of policies” as HB2

Rep. Paul “Skip” Stam, R-Wake
Rep. Paul “Skip” Stam, R-Wake Raleigh

RALEIGH Rep. Paul "Skip" Stam, one of North Carolina’s most powerful Republican legislators, gave an interview Monday addressing the jobs and tourism dollars that North Carolina has lost in the wake of the new state law known as House Bill 2, or HB2.

Stam said the backlash against North Carolina is hard to understand because most states have similar laws.

"If they’re not going to go here, there are 31 other states and 10,000 other cities that have the same type of policies that we just passed," Stam said, as The News & Observer quoted him on Monday.

Fact check

Speaker: Rep. Paul “Skip” Stam

Statement: “There are 31 other states and 10,000 other cities that have the same type of policies that we just passed,” with HB2

Ruling: The bathroom provisions in HB2 haven’t yet been adopted by any other state, and only Mississippi also forbids state-level discrimination lawsuits. But on the matter of not having discrimination protections for gay or transgender people, Stam is basically right – 29 other states, and more than 10,000 cities, also don’t have those protections. We rate this claim Half True.

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