Mayor Ivy Taylor expresses concern over Bathroom Bill


AUSTIN -- San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor spoke out against the controversial Texas bathroom bill Friday.

She made the remarks while standing beside other mayors at the state capitol.

“We're concerned that passage of such a bill would hinder our economic competition,” she said.

Texas Senate Bill 6, known as the bathroom bill, would ban transgender people from using the bathroom of their choice in public schools and government buildings.

Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick introduced the measure.

He says it's a public safety issue.

"It protects children in public school and everyone who uses a public restroom," said Patrick in a past interview.

However, those against it argue the bill would hurt the LGBT community.

Others are concerned about the economic impact it could have, as a similar law in North Carolina led the NCAA and the NBA to move events from the state.

On Thursday, the NBA joined the NFL in saying they want to make sure fans are treated "fairly and equally" -- saying it’s a key a factor in deciding which states it chooses to host key events like NBA All-Star Games.

Preparations for the 2018 NCAA Final Four are already underway at the Alamodome.

City leaders expect the event to bring in $85 million dollars to San Antonio’s economy, but a recent study predicts the impact could be as much as $234 million.

“Tourism is a large part of our economy,” said Taylor. “We compete for a large number of conventions and events. We could possibly lose those events which would have a huge multimillion-dollar impact on our city.”

In response to the NBA and NFL, Dan Patrick tweeted on Friday, "The NBA and the NFL have lost their minds... As well as their moral compass."

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