Texas 'bathroom bill' unveiled ahead of 2017 session

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Thursday, January 5, 2017
Texas 'bathroom' bill renews fight over transgender rights
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It's called the 'Women's Privacy Act,' but opponents say it's not about woman at all.

AUSTIN, TX (KTRK) -- Texas lawmakers will decide whether to embrace an issue that caused a national uproar in North Carolina - banning transgendered people from using the bathroom of their choice.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a top social conservative voice in the state, unveiled the proposed law Thursday at a news conference.

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Patrick says the "Privacy Protection Act" is a top priority for the GOP-controlled Legislature, which convenes next week.

Lawmakers likely will support it, even though Texas' largest business lobbying group says it and other anti-gay rights proposals could cost the state up to $8.5 billion and 100,000-plus jobs.

North Carolina faced boycotts, and potentially billions of dollars in lost state revenue, after passing its own version last year.

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A Virginia lawmaker introduced similar legislation this week.