Transgender athlete bill passes SD Senate
PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Senate passed a bill intended to ban transgender women and girls from participating in women’s sports leagues on Monday.
Senate Bill 1217 passed by a vote of 20-15.
Representatives from the ACLU of South Dakota testified against the bill, and were joined by organizations such as the South Dakota High School Activities Association, the South Dakota Board of Regents, the School Administrators of South Dakota and The Transformation Project in opposition to the bill.
A South Dakota Senate committee had dismissed the proposal on March 3, following the bills passage in the House in a 50-17 vote in February, agreeing with the High School Activities Association’s argument that its current policy of evaluating applications from transgender athletes on a case-by-case basis is working, and that the legal and financial consequences of passing such a ban were unnecessary.
The bill now goes to Governor Noem’s desk, who is expected to sign it into law.
— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) March 8, 2021