HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Hillsborough’s Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Monday night to pass a resolution that opposes House Bill 2.
The Board of Commissioners meeting was held in a small room of a historic barn that was filled with those who oppose the law.
“Lawmakers passed HB2 on the pretense of protecting women and children from a problem that’s virtually non-existent and has really trivialized real issues for women and children,” said Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens.
Both town residents and board members said the bathroom portion of the law, while egregious, isn’t the worst part of HB2.
“This is about control and taking away the rights of people at large. And we’ve got to do something about it,” said Brian Lowen, Hillsborough Board of Commissioners member.
Hillsborough, following in the footsteps of Chapel Hill and Durham, called the law a front and an attack on a locality’s right to govern. HB2 restricts local governments from changing minimum wage rates.
“We all can do better and I think it is right and proper for this body on the behalf of the town of Hillsborough to call for the repeal of HB2,” Stevens said.
And after a day of protests in the Capital City, board members called on their community to take action against the law they said is not for North Carolinians.
“We’ve got to join hands, everyone, and fight this ridiculous stuff that’s coming out of Raleigh,” Lowen said.
Also Monday, Greenville’s City Council passed a similar resolution that opposes HB2.
In Raleigh, five groups have canceled meetings at the Convention Center that would have brought 1,015 in attendance, with 2,218 room nights, and an economic impact of $732,472, according to the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau.