AUSTIN, Texas -- Governor Greg Abbott made passing the state's so-called "bathroom bill" part of his special session priorities, but now a state lawmaker claims Abbott never wanted the controversial legislation to hit his desk.
It comes as a new report released by a State House Committee calls the bathroom bill bad for business.
"In the regular session, we were told that the governor's office didn't want the bill. I can't speak to what the change may or may not have been,” said Rep. Byron Cook (R-Corsicana).
The governor's office didn't respond to a request for comment.
The new report said lawmakers wasted time working on the bathroom bill, rather than focusing on issues like education, infrastructure, and taxes.
"The Texas miracle was not a miracle. It was very intentional actions," Cook said, quoting testimony he heard during one of the committee's hearing.
Outgoing House Speaker Joe Straus created the committee after a session of fighting with the Lt. Governor over what's best for Texas business.
The non-binding committee report urges lawmakers to vow that the bathroom bill won't come up again, arguing that if it does, the state will risk losing out on the chance to house Amazon's second headquarters, and the nearly 50,000 jobs that'd come with it.
"These are the kinds of jobs that will change lives," said Texas Association of Business CEO Jeff Moseley.
Moseley said he's glad House members took the time to take stock of the state's business environment.
"It's an appropriate discussion," Moseley said. "We think lawmakers really should be looking over the horizon and making sure that the Texas of today is really serving the Texas of tomorrow."
Austin and Dallas are among the 20 finalists in the bid for Amazon's second headquarters. Amazon is expected to make its decision by the end of the year.