Texas transgender bathroom effort unswayed by North Carolina rollback
Leading Republican supporters of the Texas transgender bathroom bill said North Carolina’s compromise on a similar law should have no impact on the Lone Star State.
“The actions in North Carolina do not affect what we have done in Texas,” Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said. “They have revised HB 2 to focus on the same issues we addressed with Senate Bill 6.”
The bill’s author, Texas Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, agreed, saying the North Carolina compromise brings that state’s law closer to SB 6.
“Men should not be allowed in a woman’s public shower, locker room or restroom,” said Kolkhorst, R-Brenham.
But Chris Wallace, president of the Texas Association of Business, said North Carolina finally woke up to the law’s “dire consequences” of economic instability, stifled investment and damaged state reputation — self-inflicted harm that Texas can avoid.
“That’s why the Texas business community has made clear that discriminatory laws have no place in Texas in the first place. This kind of legislation is risky business,” he said.
SB 6, which would ban transgender-friendly bathroom policies in public schools, universities and government buildings, passed the Senate and is awaiting action in the House, which is led by Speaker Joe Straus, who opposes the measure.