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December 5, 2017      3:34 PM

Updated: Chairman Cook holds second economic hearing, warns against divisive social legislation

“Texans should wonder where the state's business rankings would be if that (bathroom) bill and other bad policies had not been stopped,” Cook said as he opened hearing featuring testimony on bathrooms, higher education, immigration, infrastructure, and more

Texas House State Affairs Committee Chairman Byron Cook on Tuesday opened the second and final hearing of a select panel on the economy by warning future legislatures against considering divisive legislation like Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s failed bathroom bill.

Rep. Cook had the support of construction executives, leaders in higher education, law enforcement and others throughout the day. He also made sure to get business leaders on the record telling Gov. Greg Abbott that he could help provide a predictable business climate in this state by making a public statement that the Legislature is done debating gender-based restrictions on public restroom use.  

“The purpose of this initiative is to not only address what we can do to make Texas an even better place but also to highlight the importance of policymakers avoiding mistakes like even contemplating laws that are unnecessary and potentially harmful to our great state,” Chairman Cook said after he gaveled in Tuesday’s hearing of the Select Committee on Economic Competitiveness.

By Scott Braddock

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