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More sponsors for measure to repeal HB2, keep restrictions

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More North Carolina House members have signed on to legislation portrayed by its writers as a bipartisan compromise that eliminates a law limiting LGBT rights and which public restrooms transgender people can use. As of Thursday, 18 lawmakers - including five Democrats - sponsored the measure to repeal what's known as House Bill 2. But restrictions would be added back upon local governments seeking to extend anti-discrimination protections. The state also would still have power over policies involving multi-stall bathrooms. There's no word yet about if and when the bill will get heard. Gay-rights groups and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper criticized the proposal after it was filed Wednesday. They have pushed for a simple repeal. The socially conservative North Carolina Values Coalition said Thursday that HB2 should stay in place. (Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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