Governor creates coalition to ‘fight for fairness in women’s sports’
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Gov. Kristi Noem announced Monday her plans to create a coalition to “Defend Title IX Now”. The move comes after she sent House Bill 1217 back to the state legislature with style and form changes.
HB 1217 is an “act to promote continued fairness in women’s sports” by preventing transgender athletes from competing in women’s sports. The original bill called for application to public schools, including kindergarten through college sport activities.
After the bill’s circuitous route through the legislature, the Governor said she was excited to sign the bill but then days later, said she was still examining. Friday, Noem released her tweaks to the bill, which removed college athletics and Monday, reiterated her excitement to sign.
“I’m still excited to sign the bill,” said Noem. “We saw some things that needed to be corrected that can be done with a style and form revision,” said Noem. “The part we needed to fix were a trial lawyers dream.”
After concerns of exclusion or legal action from the NCAA, the Governor’s move to establish the coalition to show support from other states since, as Noem puts it, “Legal scholars think South Dakota’s chances of winning a lawsuit against the NCAA is very low.
In support of the coalition, former-NFL players Jack Brewer and Herschel Walker appeared remotely, a statement from 4-time LPGA Player of the Year Nancy Lopez was read, and multiple female athletes from various levels read statements.