Governor McCrory Uses Disaster Relief Funds to Defend the “Bathroom Bill”

How is North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory funding the legal defense of the unconstitutional anti-transgender "bathroom bill" HB2?

The state legislature already appropriated $8 million for the defense of various actions of dubious legality in court, but Governor McCrory apparently needs more money for the private counsel he hired to defend HB2.

Those funds, if they're granted to him, will be diverted from the state's emergency and disaster relief fund. Because enforcing discrimination is an emergency, I guess.

On Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved giving Gov. Pat McCrory's office $500,000 to defend the law in court by transferring the money from a disaster relief fund. The measure still must pass the full Senate and House.

Sen. Harry Brown, R-Onslow and co-chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said Thursday that McCrory's office requested the funds.

It's not as if the state is facing actual emergencies, like the arrival of the Zika virus or the onset of the Atlantic hurricane season.

McCrory might as well light this money on fire.

  • muselet

    North Carolina lawmakers took steps Thursday to set aside a half-million dollars for the legal defense of a law limiting protections for LGBT people as a judge sought to streamline a cluster of lawsuits it has inspired.

    Republican lawmakers were gathering in private to map out the end of the session, including possible changes to portions of the law known as House Bill 2, which has attracted high-profile critics including the NBA.

    But there was no appetite to change the provision requiring transgender people to use restrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificate in schools, universities and many other public buildings. The law also excludes sexual orientation and gender identity from statewide anti-discrimination protections.

    It would be cheap and easy for North Carolina legislators (R) to stop obsession about where and how people relieve themselves (and who and how people have sex), but that simply won’t do. No, they have to try to muck around with the law instead, and on the taxpayers’ dime (I thought Rs hated wasting taxpayers’ money).

    The Party Of Fiscal Responsibility, my arse.


    • NC is following the AZ model of passing bills they know to be unconstitutional and then spending millions of tax payer dollars to defend them. At a minimum they will be able to discriminate against their chosen victims for a few years until SCOTUS puts a stop to it. I guess they think harassing people is worth the time and energy. It certainly riles up the base and doing that is clearly more important than actually governing. We need look no further than Herr Drumpf to see that.

    • Christopher Foxx

      I thought Rs hated wasting taxpayers’ money

      I’ve never seen one shred of evidence to support that idea.

  • To be fair, HB2 has been a disaster.

    • Badgerite

      Good! Sorry the people of North Carolina have to have their tax dollars used to pay for the stupidity of their elected leaders, since most of them do not support HB2, but, good.

    • KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker