Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed three bills concerning LGBTQ+ youth – House Bills 547 and 808 and Senate Bill 49 – earlier this month.
These bills have not yet returned to the legislature for votes on a veto override.
Though these bills have been vetoed by Cooper, they are unlikely to be sustained because of the N.C. General Assembly's Republican supermajority following N.C. Rep. Tricia Cotham's (R-Mecklenburg) party switch in April.
S.B. 49, titled the Parent's Bill of Rights, outlines guidelines and restraints for discussing matters of gender and sexual identity in classroom settings, while H.B. 547 and H.B. 808 limit transgender youth participation in school sports and ban gender-affirming healthcare for minors, respectively.
Cooper has vetoed multiple pieces of legislation this summer, like S.B. 20 — an abortion ban law that now restricts abortion in North Carolina after 20 weeks. His veto was overridden 72-48 in the House and 30-20 in the Senate.
"We are not successfully stopping legislation that discriminates against North Carolinians," N.C. Rep. Allen Buansi (D-Orange) said. "And that's very frustrating."
Buansi, along with all other Democrat members of the N.C. House, voted against all three bills.
"It's frustrating to see these kinds of legislation move forward," Buansi said. "The numbers are what they are."
He also said that it was specifically difficult to see how Republican members of the legislature pushed S.B. 49 through the NCGA with minimal public input or debate, specifically with making amendments to the bill.
"The Parent's Bill of Rights has some significant First Amendment implications," Ivy Johnson, staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, said.