Chambers have mixed views on legislature's special session


While the Austin Chamber of Commerce has very definite views on the actions taken by the recent special session of the 85th Texas Legislature, the views expressed by the chambers in Leander and Cedar Park were mixed.

The Austin Chamber in a news release last week heralded the failure of the so-called bathroom bill during the special session and said the legislation "would have damaged Texas' economy."

"This is a victory for our economy, our business community, and all Texans," the Austin Chamber of Commerce release said.

However, the Leander Chamber of Commerce said the bathroom bill issue has not been raised by its members.  "We weren't asked by our members to review any of the matters before the special session," said Bridget Brandt, the chamber president.

"We did not take a stand on the issues in the special session," Brandt said.  

Tony Moline, the president of the Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce, said the Cedar Park chamber did not work with the Austin chamber on the bathroom bill issue but did make its opinion known through the Keep Texas Open for Business Coalition.

"We did work with the Keep Texas Open for Business Coalition that was mentioned in their press release," said Moline.  "We were one of the first chambers of commerce to sign on."