>> Texas introducing the state's very own bathroom bill Thursday. Following the law enacted by North Carolina last year, that restricts bathroom and locker room access to transgender people. Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, a Republican and conservative Christian who guides the legislative agenda in the state senate, calling the bill a top priority.
>> This legislation, the Texas Privacy Act, that Senator Kolkhorst is filing today is unquestionably one of the things that matters. No government will be allowed to tell business what to do.>> Reuters correspondent, John Herskovits, attended the press conference at the capital building.>> They see the Obama Administration as opposing measures that would allow for boys to enter girls facilities and vice versa.
The protesters say that there is no such problem. That transgenders are more likely to be the victims of sexual predators. And if the state wants to target sexual predators, they should go after sexual predators, not transgender Texans.>> Opponents of the bill also see the measure doing economic damage to the state.
In North Carolina, the bathroom law has been blamed for hundreds of millions of dollars in economic losses. And the relocation of many major sporting events and concerts from the state. The Texas Association of Business estimating that such legislation could result in the economic losses of up to $8.5 billion.
The bill will now head to a Senate Committee later this month where law makers will begin considering it. And Texas isn't alone. This week, similar legislation was also filed in Virginia and Kentucky.