Texas Association of Business disappointed with Senate passage of SB 6


The bill would require people who use public restrooms to use the bathroom that corresponds to their actual sex on their birth certificate.    File photo

A business advocacy group in Texas has responded with an official statement on the approval of Senate Bill 6 in the state Senate.

The bill would require people who use public restrooms to use the bathroom that corresponds to their actual sex on their birth certificate. 

Texas Association of Business President Chris Wallace said the news was disappointing for his group and other businesses in the state so they sent the Keep Texas Open for Business letter.

“We’re disappointed the Texas Senate would choose to pass discriminatory legislation like Senate Bill 6, despite clear indications that its passage will have an economic impact in Texas," Wallace said. "TAB remains committed to fighting and defending the Texas economy against bills that discriminate and run counter to Texas values."

TAB sent a letter to the Senate on March 14, highlighting some of the real economic impact this may have as well as some perspective from law enforcement on SB 6. 

“Our members believe everyone deserves to be treated fairly and equally, and we have heard what they know -- equity and non-discrimination is a 21st century economic imperative," Wallace said. "Senate Bill 6 is simply not worth the risk, and it will do nothing to improve personal safety."

The group's letter detailed that it would cost the state millions in tourist revenue and pointed to the controversial HB2 bill in North Carolina as proof. That state's economy was impacted negatively and TAB said the same would happen in Texas. 

“Given the overwhelming economic evidence, and the clear rejection of the public safety argument from Texas law enforcement, Senate Bill 6 is a solution in search of a problem, and we hope that the Texas House will strongly reject this measure,” the letter said.

Other businesses in the state as well as Chamber of Commerce groups in Texas have joined big companies including IBM, Apple, Celanese, HP, PayPal and others in signing the Keep Texas Open for Business letter. The number of organizations now exceeds 70. The letter is available at http://www.keeptxopen.org/bizletter.

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