House Republicans revive bill decried by transgender groups
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Republican lawmakers have revived a proposed law that would have banned people from changing the sex designation on their birth certificates.
A House committee earlier rejected the bill that LGBTQ advocates decried as an attack on transgender people. LGBTQ advocates decried the effort as an attack on transgender people.
Republicans in the House forced the bill to be brought to a vote by the full House through a rarely-used legislative procedure known as a “smoke out.” Bills that affect transgender people have become a perennial topic in the South Dakota legislature, although transgender advocates say they are making progress in getting their voices heard.