SAN ANTONIO – Updated at 1:32 p.m.:
A "bathroom bill" is nearing a first vote in Texas despite opposition from big-name companies including Facebook and the NFL warning that the Super Bowl won't return to Dallas or Houston.
The proposal would require transgender people to use public bathrooms that correspond with the sex on their birth certificates.
Hundreds of people on Tuesday packed the Texas Capitol to testify on the contentious measure that's expected to easily clear a Senate committee. But the bill faces a tough road ahead because the Republican House speaker has slammed the measure as bad for business.
The same committee passed a divisive "sanctuary cities" ban last month after sometimes being interrupted by protesters in the Senate gallery. Lawmakers this time used a smaller hearing room that made for easier crowd control.
People will have their chance to weigh in on the controversial "Bathroom Bill" as the Senate's Committee on State Affairs is holding a hearing Tuesday morning at the state capitol.
The hearing is set to begin at 8 a.m.
Senate Bill 6 would require people using restrooms in government buildings and public schools to use the one that matches their birth gender.
Transgender advocates say the proposal is discriminatory and business groups say it will drive off investments and possible sporting events.
Just last week, three groups that were considering San Antonio for their conventions removed the city as a possibility citing concerns over the bill, according to Visit San Antonio. The organization estimates that the city as a result lost roughly $3.1 million that would have been spent on things like hotels, food and entertainment.
KSAT 12 will have a crew in Austin for the hearing.
Stay with KSAT 12 both online and on-air for more information on this developing story.
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