The Stokes County Board of Commissioners are considering a resolution supporting HB2, also known as the “bathroom bill.”
Vice-Chair James Booth submitted the resolution which notes the new state law provides a uniform set of statutes providing clarity on public facilities.
“The Stokes County Board of Commissioners believes our citizens should have the expectation of privacy, in particular women and young girls in the use of restrooms and school showers,” reads the proposed resolution. “Stokes County is grateful and in full support of Governor Pat McCrory and the North Carolina Legislature and their steadfast leadership concerning this issue and standing strongly against the intolerance of political correctness.
“The Stokes County Board of Commissioners believe this resolution is very representative of the beliefs and views of the overwhelming majority of our citizenry,” it adds. “The Stokes County Board of Commissioners support the action taken by Governor Pat McCrory in signing HB2 as well as the legal action taken against the United States Department of Justice in this regard.”
Local conservative activist E.A. Buddy Timm, who initially asked for the resolution and similar shows of support from both Walnut Cove and King, said he was very pleased with the resolution.
“My wife Ramona and I appreciate your courage to take a public stand, by putting forth a resolution in support of HB2,” he told the board Monday. “In the beginning, God created them male and female. Therefore, people are what they have been born. Emotions and confusion are matters for the doctors of psychology. Your leadership is a great example for our youth to be proud of, and take courage, and stand, not for folly but for truth.”
The majority of the board seemed to express their support for the resolution, with Board Member Ronda Jones being the only commissioner to say she would not vote in favor of it.
“I can’t, with a clear conscious, support a bill that was rammed through two houses in less than 10 hours in the wee hours of the night,” she said. “Due diligence was not done. Consequences were not considered. It will cost the taxpayers millions of dollars and have a negative impact on the economy.
“If we support this, even if we agree with it in principle, we are enabling them to do similar things in the future,” she added. “It has nothing to do with the content. It is about process. I cannot support something that was pushed through that quickly.”
HB2 has drawn widespread criticism from throughout the state and nation, resulting in a number of businesses announcing cancellations of expansion plans in the state, the cancellations of a number of concerts and performances, and a series of cross lawsuits between the state and the federal government.
Opponents of the bill have argued that it takes control away from local governments, prevents municipalities from enacting regional minimum wage ordinances, prevents any employee in the state from suing over a wrongful termination in state court, and could jeopardize billions of dollars in federal funding.
Last week, Progress NC estimated the bill could result in the loss of $4.5 billion in federal school funding including an $18,174,902 cut in funding for Forsyth Tech. The progressive non-profit estimated that statewide the bill could result in the loss of 6,324 teachers, 4,131 teacher assistants, $500 million in child nutrition funding, $430 million in low-income student programs, and $300 million in disability programs.
Commissioners Ernest Lankford and Booth said they were in favor of the resolution supporting HB2.
“I think it was a logical, common sense law that was passed and signed into law,” said Lankford. “I don’t have any problems with it at all.”
Commissioners Leon Inman and Jimmy Walker did not say how they would vote on the resolution, but agreed to move it to the action agenda at the board’s first meeting in June.
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