Texas trans­gen­der bath­room ef­fort unswayed by North Carolina roll­back

Austin American-Statesman - - MORE OF TODAY’S TOP NEWS - By Chuck Lin­dell clin­dell@states­man.com

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.

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