- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says he’d prefer the General Assembly take up legislation addressing Charlotte’s city ordinance involving transgender people and bathroom use when lawmakers reconvene their regular session April 25.

McCrory’s comments Monday come as House Speaker Tim Moore asked fellow Republican colleagues last week whether they wanted a special session to consider legislation before then. The Charlotte City Council ordinance beginning April 1 allows transgender people to choose public restrooms corresponding to their gender identity.

Moore and McCrory have said they want a statewide law that would pre-empt all local governments from enforcing similar rules. McCrory told The Associated Press he hopes the issue would be among the first bills of the regular session.

Three-fifths of House and Senate members would have to agree to reconvene earlier.

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