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Radio ad campaign opposes Texas ‘bathroom bill’

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas’ largest business lobbying group has announced a radio campaign opposing a North Carolina-style “bathroom bill” being revived in the Legislature.

The Texas Association of Business says its “seven-figure” media buy hopes to thwart a proposal requiring transgender people to use public restrooms according to the gender on their birth certificates.

The Association has for months opposed the bill as bad for business. It said Thursday that its passage “would result in terrible economic consequences.”

North Carolina partially repealed a similar law amid threats of costly boycotts.

Texas’ GOP-controlled Legislature has opened a special session, and the Senate plans to hear the bathroom bill in committee on Friday.

The bill stalled in the Texas House during the regular session, where lawmakers approved an unsuccessful, softer bill applying only to schools.

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