Mark Cuban on Texas' Late Bathroom Bill: ‘What the Hell Are You Guys Doing Down There?’

What drives the Texas economy and how can we keep it going?That’s the focus of a select committee in the Texas House, which has heard from over 40 executives, entrepreneurs and others. They cited the importance of education, immigration, tax policy and corporate incentives, but the bathroom bill was the headliner again.Mark Cuban, the billionaire investor and Shark Tank star, was asked about the reaction he heard from investors and company leaders after the bathroom bill dominated the Texas Legislature this year.“The basic conversation is, ‘What the hell are you guys doing down there?’” Cuban told the committee in a hearing last month. “Who’s peeking under the stalls? People just don’t take it seriously. Why would I want to deal with that?”A lawmaker asked if his businesses have nondiscrimination policies that include gender identity.“Yes,” Cuban said. “I could care less where you pee.”A bathroom bill would have restricted transgender people to bathrooms that match the gender on their birth certificate. Supporters said the law was needed to protect the privacy and safety of women and children, but law enforcement and other experts said there was no such threat — and the law could do real harm.  Continue reading...

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