This Article was updated on Monday, March 30 at 4:24 p.m.

At 4:10 p.m., Gov. Roy Cooper announced that he has signed the bill repealing House Bill 2.

After a contentious day at the North Carolina General Assembly and pushback from Democratic members of the legislature, Cooper accepted the compromise made with Republican leaders in the General Assembly.

"I could not stand HB2 being the law of the land," Cooper said in the press conference following the announcement announcing the repeal.

The controversial “Bathroom Law," which limits use of public restrooms to the gender on one's birth certificate, passed the North Carolina House of Representatives 70-48 early Thursday afternoon.

This came after the State Senate passed the bill by a vote of 32-16 Thursday morning. 

The bill repeals HB2, leaves bathroom and shower regulations to the responsibility of the state and bans ordinances from local governments regulating public accommodations until December 2020. 

The bill was passed through the General Assembly just hours before a deadline of 6 p.m., set by the NCAA, which demanded that HB2 be repealed or said the state would not be able to host NCAA Tournament games for the next five years. 

The NCAA and ACC both previously revoked games in light of the bill. 

Republican lawmakers announced the compromise with Gov. Cooper late Wednesday night after adjourning a special session that left with no vote on the proposed legislation.


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