North Carolina leaders are expected to strike down a Bathroom Bill that requires men and women to use bathrooms according to their biological sex.
Republican Gov. Pat McCrory is calling a special session Wednesday to consider repealing the controversial law by Dec. 31.
The passage of North Carolina's bathroom bill in March sparked a national debate. Those who opposed the law called it an attack on transgender rights, while supporters called it an effort to protect people from predators who would take advantage of open bathrooms.
Organizations who opposed the law retaliated against the state launching a massive campaign to boycott and defund North Carolina.
The state missed out on new jobs as companies declined to expand in the state, and in a huge symbolic blow to the basketball-crazy state, the NCAA and ACC relocated events.
The repeal began in the morning when the Charlotte City Council voted to undo a local nondiscrimination law enacted in early 2016. That ordinance, Republicans legislators say, challenged social norms and spurred them to pass HB2.
"Senate Leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore assured me that as a result of Charlotte's vote, a special session will be called for Tuesday to repeal HB2 in full," Cooper said in a statement, adding: "I hope they will keep their word to me."
The outgoing Republican governor called the repeal a political game.
"This sudden reversal with little notice after the gubernatorial election sadly proves this entire issue originated by the political left was all about politics and winning the governor's race at the expense of Charlotte and our entire state," said Gov. McCrory, who is also a former Charlotte mayor.
Berger and Moore issued a joint statement saying the bathroom bill debate was pushed by Cooper as "a political stunt to drive out-of-state money into the governor's race."