Visit San Antonio & City of San Antonio: Senate Affairs Committee, Tuesday, March 7, 2017




On Tuesday, March 7, Casandra Matej, President and CEO of Visit San Antonio, San Antonio City Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran and Assistant City Manager, Mike Sawaya, testified in front of the Senate State Affairs Committee in Austin regarding the known and potential economic impact of SB 6 (the bathroom bill) on meetings and conventions in our city.

Councilwoman Viagran testified that the policy is counter to our city's welcoming and diverse culture and provided the Committee with a letter from Police Chief McManus indicating there had never been a transgender bathroom assault in our community. The Councilwoman also reiterated support from the business community, including all of our Chambers of Commerce. Mike Sawaya testified to the detrimental impact the bill would have on our ability to attract events to the Convention Center. You can view the testimony here.