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North Carolina lawmakers pass bill repealing the 'bathroom law'

The North Carolina House and Senate approved legislation Thursday that would repeal House Bill 2, the controversial "bathroom" law that prohibits transgender people from using restrooms that match their gender identity; Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper is expected to sign the bill.

Details about the measure weren't released when it was announced by North Carolina state Senate leader Phil Berger (R) and state House Speaker Tim Moore (R) on Wednesday night, but the bill would reportedly repeal HB2, block local governments from passing anti-discrimination ordinances for three years, and prohibit cities from regulating restrooms and locker rooms.

LGBTQ groups panned the package, but Cooper said in a statement, "It's not a perfect deal, but it repeals House Bill 2 and begins to repair our reputation." The NCAA threatened that North Carolina had until Thursday to repeal HB2, or else no college sports championships would be held in the state through at least 2020, The Washington Post reports.