Gov. Noem signs transgender sports bill into law
PIERRE, S.D. — Governor Kristi Noem signed Senate Bill 46 Thursday that prohibits transgender females from playing female sports.
“We have ensured that fairness in girls’ sports will be protected at both the K-12 and collegiate level,” said Gov. Noem. “I am grateful for everyone who worked together to get this bill across the finish line. With this legislation, we will guarantee that our daughters and granddaughters have the same athletic opportunities as previous generations.”
The bill is set to take effect July 1, but it could face legal challenges.
Federal judges have halted enforcement of these laws in Idaho and West Virginia, and the Justice Department has challenged bans in other states.
Opponents say the bill is bullying, adding it sends a message that transgender people are not welcome in South Dakota.