City Council Endorses Chamber of Commerce's Statement Against HB2

News posted Mar. 28, 2016 - 4:00 pm
City Council 2016

City Council Endorses Chamber of Commerce's Statement Against HB2 - 4/19/16:

Mayor Nancy McFarlane read the following statement at the City Council meeting in response to the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce's Statement:

"On March 28th, I issued a statement with your support following the passage of the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, better known as HB2, reiterating Raleigh’s continued commitment to being open to everyone, treating everyone with dignity and respect, and providing support to our businesses, citizens and visitors.

Since then, there has been much debate statewide and nationally regarding HB2; while here in Raleigh, we’ve been focused on the local impact. Over the past few weeks, we have heard from many community groups and individual citizens about their concerns that HB2 does not reflect Raleigh’s values. We’ve also heard from businesses, conventions, conferences, employment recruiters and others about the negative economic impact of HB2. The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau has indicated there are currently 16 Raleigh events at risk totaling an estimated $28 million in visitor spending, this is in addition to $3.2 million in confirmed losses through event cancellations and downsizing. Additionally, just today, the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce issued a statement in opposition to HB2 and calling for its repeal.

I want to take this opportunity to assure the public that we have heard them and we are doing something. Raleigh’s legislative team has been and will continue to work hard in the NC Legislature to change HB2. It is important that the state and nation understand that HB2 does not reflect Raleigh’s values and it has not changed our culture of acceptance and inclusiveness of diversity.

I would ask you to join me in endorsing the Raleigh Chamber’s HB2 statement today and affirm that we stand with our businesses and residents and are committed to continuing to represent and fight for our local values and local economy in the NC Legislature. I would also ask that you join me in offering to be part of a broader coalition of elected officials, businesses and residents in continuing the discussion with the State on how to best protect our citizens while ensuring we preserve the dignity, privacy and prosperity of all North Carolinians."

Mayor McFarlane Issues Statement on House Bill 2 - 3/28/16:

Mayor Nancy McFarlane has issued the following statement about House Bill 2 that was approved by the North Carolina General Assembly last week:

“Raleigh is a welcoming, diverse city that draws its strength from many areas. We have always been a place where people respect each other’s differences and understand that those differences make us stronger.

We still have many questions as to the effect of HB2 on our City processes. Our legal staff is conducting a careful review and we hope to have more insight as to the bill's impacts in the coming days.

And while HB2 may affect some of our legal language, it does not change our hearts.

Raleigh will always be open to everyone. Everyone. We will continue to support all of our businesses, citizens and visitors with the utmost respect, regardless of race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

Raleigh is great because our people are great. Together, we have created a place like no other. And nothing about that has changed. We will continue to work together, cherish each other and move forward with dignity and respect.”

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