Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is praising the collapse of a deal to repeal North Carolina's anti-LGBT law as he continues calling for Texas to adopt a similar measure.
Patrick said Thursday the North Carolina law known as House Bill 2 is "essential" legislation. The law omits gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from state anti-discrimination protections. It also orders transgender people to use bathrooms and showers that align with their sex at birth.
Patrick is pushing his Republican-controlled Senate for a similar law next year, although no legislation has yet been filed. Texas business groups have slammed the proposal, pointing to how jobs and sporting events have shunned North Carolina.
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Republican Gov. Greg Abbott says he's waiting to see what legislation is filed. The Texas Legislature reconvenes in January.