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Senate Bill 6, which would require transgendered individuals to use bathrooms in public schools, government buildings and public universities based on “biological sex,” has run into opposition from LGBT groups. And now, a report issued from the Perryman Group, on behalf of the San Antonio Tourism Council and Visit San Antonio, indicates that Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick’s assurances that the bill won’t have economic impact on the state is wrong.
In the report, the Perryman Group noted that the bill, if passed and signed into law, could cost the state $3.3 billion in annual tourism dollars, and more than 35,600 full-time jobs associated with leisure travel and conventions.
Tourism officials from Texas’s five largest cities oppose bathroom-related legislation, and have told lawmakers that they have heard from organizations that are reconsidering planned events in their cities in the event the bill should pass.
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