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Austin Tech Alliance rallies against bathroom bill proposal

Friday, July 7, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

On Thursday the Austin Tech Alliance urged its members and other area tech workers to sign a letter opposing the Texas State Legislature’s much-debated “bathroom bill.” Senate Bill 6 would prohibit people from using certain gender-specific public bathrooms that don’t match with the gender designated on their birth certificate. The letter is addressed to Gov. Greg Abbott, Texas House of Representatives Speaker Joe Straus and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick – the last of whom has been the legislation’s main proponent – and says the law would be discriminatory and “make it more difficult for us to attract the very best talent to Texas, and that, in turn, will impact our ability to innovate and succeed.” SB 6 failed to pass during the Lege’s regular session and is one of many pieces of legislation added to a loaded special session slated to open July 18.

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