The Source: What Do Local Business Leaders Think About Senate Bill 6?
Senate Bill 6, better known as the "bathroom bill" in the Texas Legislature, has been named a priority by the state's leadership to protect people's privacy. It would require Texans to use restrooms in public schools and government buildings based on their biological sex.
Senator Lois Kolkhorst, who filed SB 6, said in a statement that her bill "provides clear state guidance to public schools and buildings and requires them to provide an expected level of privacy." A separate piece of similar legislation was filed Monday by Rep. Matt Shaheen.
Opponents say SB 6 discriminates against transgender Texans and local business leaders have voiced concern that, if passed, it could have negative effects on San Antonio's economy. Like in North Carolina, they worry about San Antonio losing major sporting events, tourism dollars, business expansion and jobs.
In December, the Texas Association of Business reported that "discriminatory legislation" could cost Texas more than 100,000 jobs and between $964 million and $8.5 billion.
What's at stake for San Antonio and Texas if a "bathroom bill" becomes law?