Cities and counties on HB2

With the flurry of news stories on HB2, I'm creating this blog post to keep track of cities, towns, and counties that have come out for and against HB2. Many of these pop up in individual news stories that come and go, but I think it would be helpful to see a full list.

You might refer to it as you're making plans for spending your in-state tourism dollars over the next few months.

Opposing HB2

Asheville City Council

Buncombe County Commissioners (4-3 vote)

Carrboro Board of Aldermen

Chapel Hill City Council

Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public Schools

Chatham County

Duck Town Council (4/26/16)

Durham City Council

Durham County

Durham Public Schools

Greensboro City Council

Guilford County Schools

Greenville City Council

Hillsborough Board of Commissioners (unanimous)


Nag's Head City Council (5-0 vote)

Orange County Commissioners (6-1 vote, 4/19/16)

Orange County Schools

Raleigh City Council (4/19/16)

Wake County Commissioners

Wilmington City Council (passed resolution against HB2 on 4/19; previously touted Wilmington as "welcoming city")

Winston-Salem (6-1 vote)

No Position on HB2

Burlington City Council (council reached consensus they wouldn't adopt a resolution on HB2 earlier in April; Alamance Conservative and opponents of HB2 spoke at meeting on 4/19)
(Opponents to HB2 speak out against bill, 5/17)

Dare County Tourism Board (declined to take a position on HB2 as Duck Town Council voted to oppose it on 4/26)

Elizabeth City (Declined to oppose)

Mecklenburg County Commissioners (discussed issue at meeting; will be speaking through their lobbyists)

Winterville (asked to consider motion opposing HB2)
Pitt County, NC
Watermelon Festival, H Boyd Lee Park

Gaston County
A commissioner has called for support of HB2, but it has not been put on the agenda for a vote.
Gastonia, Belmont, Bessemer City, Mount Holly
Crowder's Mountain State Park, Christmastown USA, U.S. National Whitewater Center

Supporting HB2

Ashe County (unanimous vote) (response by local resident to the vote)
Jefferson, West Jefferson, Lansing
Tourist attractions: New River canoeing and kayaking, golf, Blue Ridge Parkway, Christmas in July festival, Blue Ridge Brutal bike race, Church of the Frescoes

Randolph County (3-1 vote)
(update, 5/3/16 - board is considering a new version that takes McCrory's executive order into account)
Asheboro, Archdale, Randleman, Liberty, Ramseur, Trinty (also parts of High Point and Thomasville)
Tourist Attractions: NC Zoo, Liberty Antiques Show, Petty Enterprises Historic Sites, NC Aviation Museum, Sunset Theater, golf, Seagrove Pottery, Caraway Speedway, Zoo City Motor Sports Park, Bicentennial Park

Indian Beach Town Council (unanimous vote)
Carteret County, NC, population 112

Surry County (unanimous resolution supporting HB2, 5/17/16)
Mount Airy, Elkin, Dobson, Pilot Mountain
Tourist attractions: Mount Airy (inspiration for "The Andy Griffith Show"'s Mayberry), Pilot Mountain State Park


Rowan-Salisbury School Board (passed policy to allow students to carry pepper spray to confront transgender students, 5/10/16)
They're "rethinking" the policy because of public outcry (5/11/16)
The policy has been repealed due to public pressure. (5/23/16)



Why isn't Boone on that list?

If Asheville & Winston-Salem & many others can pass the resolution, why isn't a college town like Boone on that list yet?

The legislature comes into session next week. The time to pass such resolutions is before May for sure.