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Bauer Business Focus

What Can Texas Learn From The Economic Implications Of North Carolina’s ‘Bathroom Bill’?

North Carolina lost hundreds of millions of dollars because of HB 2, according to estimates. Could the same happen to Texas?


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Gender-neutral bathroom sign at the Austin-Bergstrom Airport in Austin.
Gender-neutral bathroom sign at the Austin-Bergstrom Airport in Austin.

Texas' Senate Bill 3, the "bathroom bill," requires transgender people in government facilities to use bathrooms that are in line with the gender listed on their birth certificate or state-issued ID.

SB 3 was passed by the Texas Senate this week and heads to the House next.

It was modeled after North Carolina's House Bill 2, which was signed into law last year but repealed after major pushback from corporations.

PolitiFact estimates that the short-lived law cost North Carolina between $450 million and $630 million.

No wonder then that the business community also opposes the Texas bathroom bill, citing studies like one by the Perryman Group that estimates the state could lose $3.3 billion dollars in annual tourism and more than 35,600 jobs if the bill becomes law.

Tom Bullock, a political reporter at Charlotte's NPR member station WFAE and covered HB 2.

We spoke with him for this week's Bauer Business Focus to learn how that law affected North Carolina economically.

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