San Antonio, Texas - The Alamo City Black Chamber of Commerce conducted an emergency Board of Directors meeting on March 15, 2017, to discuss the “Bathroom Bill”, Senate Bill 6 (SB6) that passed the Senate by a 20-11 vote. The board voted in an unanimous decision that SB6 works against San Antonio's economy and is counter to the overall city rights position of Mayor Ivy Taylor.
The Board has taken into account the many national conventions and events recruited to the City of San Antonio, that have supported Black businesses over the years. The tens of thousands of people attending the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s (NAACP) national conventions are at risk as both prestigious organizations are directly monitoring the outcome of possible new legislation in Texas. The loss of these conventions will have a direct negative financial impact to our business community.
Based on feedback from business owners and the business community as a whole, The Chamber believes SB6 will negatively impact businesses directly aligned to state funds and will limit tourism dollars dramatically. The Alamo City Black Chamber does not want to see any increased cost associated to our public agencies as they will more than likely pass the increased financial burden in the form of higher taxes and special bonds.
While the argument to pass the bill is to keep our girls and women safe, the chamber does not see anything within the bill that truly provides protection. After consulting with the Mayor’s LGBT liaison, the local NAACP branch, the Texas Association of African American Chambers of Commerce, and our State Representative for District 120, Barbara Gervin Hawkins, we collectively believe this bill denies economic prosperity and human dignity.