SD senators OK bill shielding students from ‘discomfort’
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota Senate committee has narrowly approved a proposal from Gov. Kristi Noem that would ban public universities from using training that compels people to feel “discomfort” based on their race.
The Republican-controlled Senate Education committee endorsed the bill in a 4-3 vote for consideration by the full chamber. But several Republicans leveled criticism against it.
The House has already passed the bill and the Republican governor has touted it as a ban on critical race theory.
Senate lawmakers heard over an hour of impassioned debate, both from those who championed the bill as a repudiation of critical race theory and critics who say it would put a chill on academic freedom.