RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Justice Department today sent word to Governor Pat McCrory that House Bill Two that limits protections for members of the LGBT community is a violation of civil rights.
The governor's office has, as yet , to respond to the Justice Department.
HB2 as it has come to be called, specifically bans transgender persons from using the bathroom of their choice.
In Raleigh today, members of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce made their annual visit to legislators to discuss issues pertaining to the business community.
One of the issues to come up was HB2.
Bob Morgan, the Chamber President talked about the economic fallout that includes PayPal pulling its plan to locate 400 high-paying jobs in Charlotte.
"There's a lot of economic loss, there is a greater risk at hand. We need a solution, Morgan told NBC Charlotte's Rad Berky.
Legislators walked the halls outside the chambers of the House and Senate, hoping to talk to as many representatives as possible.
"We are trying to convey the message that the losses we are experiencing in Charlotte, the losses we are seeing across the state, are very real and there is more at risk if no action is taken," said Morgan.
Democratic Representative Patricia Cotham from Mecklenburg County has already submitted a bill during the current short session of the legislature to fully repeal HB-2.
"Clearly it is not good legislation and in North Carolina we should never enact legislation that discriminates against people.
The Justice Department ruling puts at risk millions of dollars in federal funding.
In his first reaction to the DOJ ruling Wednesday evening, Governor McCrory called it, "something we've never seen regarding Washington overreach in my lifetime in the most private areas in our personal life."
McCrory went on to say, "Apparently now it is also the federal government's mission to determine our restroom, locker room, and shower policy."
"I don't think the state should be in the bathroom business. If you think the state or local government needs to be in the bathroom business, I'm not the guy to support."
McCrory said administration attorneys would study the DOJ ruling before deciding what steps to take.
The DOJ set a deadline of next Monday to hear a response to its ruling.