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FILE- In this March 24, 2016, file photo, people protest outside the North Carolina Executive Mansion in Raleigh, N.C. Tennessee businesses have banded together to try to convince their state legislators to snub laws similar to the infamous bathroom bill in North Carolina, which has consumed that state's politics for months and scared off businesses and sporting events. (AP Photo/Emery P. Dalesio, File )

The NC governor signed a repeal of the bathroom bill. Some LGBT advocates aren't happy.

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UPDATE 4:20 p.m. EST:

Cooper signed the bill.

UPDATE 1:48 p.m. EST:

It's headed for Cooper's desk.

UPDATE 11:42 a.m. EST:

The bill cleared a "key hurdle."

ORIGINAL STORY: North Carolina Republican lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper have struck a deal to repeal the controversial transgender bathroom bill HB-2.

The deal, described as a compromise, repeals the bill and leaves regulation of multi-occupancy bathrooms to the state. It also institutes a temporary ban on local anti-discrimination ordinances similar to Charlotte's LGBT protection bill until December 2020. 

Here's a statement from the state legislature.

The deal was announced just before the Thursday deadline announced by the NCAA. If HB-2 was not repealed in time, the NCAA would not hold events in the state. 

Cooper said in a statement the bill was  "not perfect," but he supported it regardless since it "begins to repair our reputation. The repeal bill must be heard by the state Senate Rules Committee, then the full Senate, then the state House before reaching Cooper's desk.

Multiple attempts to repeal the bill have failed in recent months. 

In this photo taken Thursday, May 12, 2016, signage is seen outside a restroom at 21c Museum Hotel in Durham, N.C. North Carolina is in a legal battle over a state law that requires transgender people to use the public restroom matching the sex on their birth certificate. The ADA-compliant bathroom signs were designed by artist Peregrine Honig. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
In this photo taken Thursday, May 12, 2016, signage is seen outside a restroom at 21c Museum Hotel in Durham, N.C. North Carolina is in a legal battle over a state law that requires transgender people to use the public restroom matching the sex on their birth certificate. The ADA-compliant bathroom signs were designed by artist Peregrine Honig. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

This news comes days after the  Associated Press calculated the bill would cost the state $3.76 billion in lost business over a dozen years. 

But some LGBT activists argued the new deal was even worse.

But other activists heralded it as a victory.

Even former Gov. Pat McCrory, who signed HB-2, supported the repeal deal.

His support alarmed some opponents of the bill.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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