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Speaker Joe Straus Categorizes The So-Called Bathroom Bill As “A Tremendous Mistake”

While participating in a Q & A event at the University of Texas, he said he hasn’t heard demands for that kind of legislation in his district.

Joe Straus, Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, categorized the so-called bathroom bill (SB6) as “a tremendous mistake,” while participating in a Q & A event at the University of Texas.
Joe Straus, Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, categorized the so-called bathroom bill (SB6) as “a tremendous mistake,” while participating in a Q & A event at the University of Texas.

The so-called bathroom bill is a priority for Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, but it is not that important or necessary for Speaker Joe Straus, the man who controls the Agenda in the State House of Representatives.

Straus participated in a Q & A event at the University of Texas at Austin to talk about the work of the 85th session of the Legislature.

On Senate Bill Six (SB6), which would ban transgender people from using the bathroom of their choice, Straus said he doesn’t support it. “I think it would be a tremendous mistake and it’s not just my opinion, it’s the opinion of thousands of businesses.”

The Speaker thinks the so-called bathroom bill could have a negative effect on the state’s economy if consumers and companies boycotted Texas.

That is what happened to the state of North Carolina after its lawmakers passed similar legislation last year.

Straus, who is a Republican, also underscored he hasn’t heard demands for something like the bathroom bill in his district, which covers San Antonio.

“No one mentions it. School districts I’ve represented have never had a problem. It’s almost this sort of contrived thing, but we’ll see where it goes,” the Speaker commented.

Lieutenant Governor Patrick, however, has said the projection of thousands of job losses included in a report commissioned by the Texas Association of Business is false.

The Texas Senate has already passed SB6 and has sent the bill to the House.

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