Senator Bettencourt Exposes Misleading Information Promulgated by Texas Association of Business Regarding Women’s Privacy Act (SB 6)
The liberal left is doing everything they can to promote legislation and policy that allows biological males to enter women’s showers, restrooms, and locker rooms. In 2015, we were successful in defeating Mayor Annise Parker’s Bathroom Ordinance 61% to 39%. Since then, similar Bathroom Ordinances like the one defeated in Houston have popped up all over Texas. I am thankful that Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick has made it a priority to protect the privacy and safety of our wives, daughters, and granddaughters through legislation that will be found in SB 6.
As demonstrated in the Houston bathroom battle, the Texas Association of Business (TAB) once again is standing with the liberal left, promoting bogus studies that portend gloom and doom if we adopt legislation protecting the safety and privacy of women in bathrooms, showers and locker rooms around the state. Remember, in Houston they said we would lose the Super Bowl, NCAA Final Four, and numerous conventions if we defeated Mayor Parker’s Bathroom Ordinance. The truth is, we did not lose the Final Four, the Super Bowl or any convention business. I want to recognize the leadership of Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) who has called into immediate question a study promoted by the Texas Association of Business that describes the speculative economic impact of Senate Bill 6, supported by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick. The St. Edwards University study uses legislative acts from around the nation, many of which are not in effect in their home states. Therefore, the use of any of these examples of “denial of service” bills to extrapolate “bathroom bill” claims of business and job losses in Texas should never have been made in the first place.
“No matter which side you may or may not be on in this public policy debate on SB 6, women’s privacy and religious freedom, this study’s amazing claims of $8.5 billion in economic losses and 185,000 job losses in Texas attributed to legislation that hasn’t even been filed are just flat wrong,” Senator Bettencourt said.
According to Senator Bettencourt, “The study references Arizona SB 1062, which was vetoed and never implemented. It also uses Louisiana HB 707 that is no longer in effect and quotes an unverified media story with no basis in measurable fact that 80-85% of the business of the top conventions in the city of New Orleans was lost. These alleged losses are then extrapolated onto the Texas economy, despite having never been proven. In fact, the citation used to justify a large portion of the alleged loss in Louisiana states: ‘So far, statements issues by companies and conference organizers opposing the measure have not yet been followed up with action.’ In plain English, that means their efforts did not pan out. Finally, the study claims that Texas could lose 0.5% of its GDP based upon Indiana’s SB 101, a claim that has not been fully vetted nor adequately verified.”
“This is indeed part ‘fake’ news, and the St. Edward’s University study should not be relying on misleading data prior to the filing of the actual bills,” Senator Bettencourt continued. “Any study that ranges from a $964 million impact up to an $8.5 billion one, almost a 9 to 1 ratio, is just wildly speculative.”
Senator Bettencourt, Lieutenant Gov. Dan Patrick, Conservative Republicans of Texas and hundreds of pastors and activists joined us in defeating the Houston Bathroom Ordinance. Senator Bettencourt described the misleading actions of the Texas Association of Business best, stating, “While public policy debates can be heated, let’s first read the bill to find out what is in it!”
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