By Patrick Svitek
The Texas Tribune
January 12, 2017
Executive Director’s Note: Texas Lt. Governor, Dan Patrick is now championing a bill very much like HB 2 in North Carolina. Just as North Carolina’s legislation was badly maligned and opposed by a leftist media, Texas is now suffering from the same kind of challenges. While we continue to pray for the survival of North Carolina’s “bathroom bill,” let’s also pray for the passage of such legislation in the Lone Star State. The fight for common sense and decency must go on.
-Dr. Mark Creech
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick continued to fire back Wednesday at criticism of the so-called “bathroom bill” he has championed, saying its opponents are concentrated in the media and denying that Texas could experience the same economic — and political — fallout North Carolina did when it passed similar legislation.
“Every report of North Carolina shows that they have the second-strongest economy in the country or the second-best place to do business, the second best-place where executives want to move their companies to,” Patrick said in an interview with Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith. “It’s having no effect.”
Texas business leaders are warning such legislation could cost the state up to $8.5 billion and over 100,000 jobs. But Patrick and his allies have challenged those figures, saying they are based on flawed data, and pushed forward with Senate Bill 6, which would require transgender people to use bathrooms in public schools, government buildings and public universities based on “biological sex.” Read the rest of this entry