Lawmakers have taken $500,000 from the state’s Emergency Response and Disaster Relief Fund and directed it to Gov. McCrory’s office in order to aid in defending the state’s anti-LGBT House Bill 2 (HB2).
“The governor asked for it,” Senate Budget Chairman Harry Brown, R-Onslow, said.
Brown added that lawmakers did not know how much money would be needed to defend the law, which has been met with controversy and is currently undergoing changes according to a recently leaked draft.
The Senate passed the $22.34 billion budget earlier this week. The “technical corrections” bill, done every year, is meant to clean up typos, fix bad legal references and pay for small items that failed to make it into the main budget.
It will next go to the Senate floor where it must be approved by the House before going to McCrory for his signature.