11 June 2016
The House failed to concur with the Senate budget on Thursday (06/08/2016); therefore, a conference committee will be appointed with representatives from both the House and the Senate to negotiate a final budget. The negotiations will be conducted behind closed doors, but there will be rumors and leaks to indicate—accurately or inaccurately—how the negotiations are progressing.
Rumors are swirling that the House and Senate are close to a deal on HB2—but there is no agreement on what could be in the deal. The Republicans are caught between the religious right—who wants them to do nothing—and business interests—who want them to make it all go away. There are a lot of alternatives available:
(1) Do nothing and let the courts handle the matter. This would make the religious right happy.
(2) Repeal the entire thing. This would make most business interests happy.
(3) Deal Rumor #1: Remove the phrase “biological sex” from the law, but leave sex as a protected category. This would mean that LGBT people would not be protected by the state’s non-discrimination ordinance.
To see all 7 alternatives that Robin Davis lists, and to see bills that are being tracked go here.