PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Gov. Christie Noem on Monday unveiled a bill banning transgender women’s girls from playing sports, and then issued weaker decrees that included restrictions but which Conservatives saw as a political austerity.
Legislators in more than 20 states have introduced such bans this year. In three states, Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi, they were signed by Republican governors. A federal court blocked such a law in Idaho last year.
On the partial veto of the bill, Noem overturned the GOP lawmakers and denounced the status of Republican governor among the social conservatives. Shortly after the bill died, the governor, who appeared to be a prominent national figure in the GP, issued two executive orders banning it, but Republican lawmakers said the orders were more than just an attempt to save the Conservatives’ authority.
Republican Ronda Millsted, the bill’s sponsor, said Naomi ‘s orders were “a weak message” after she was rejected by Conservatives. Millstead asked the question in South Dakota, claiming that male athletes are naturally stronger and faster than females. The bill included enforcement mechanisms, requiring schools to collect annual records of athletes’ sex at birth.
Transgender advocates say efforts to keep transgender girls out of women’s sports deprive transgender children of the opportunity to belong to a sports team when they need all their support. They also noted that most transgender athletes do not have a significant competitive advantage over their peers.
“Transgender children belong in South Dakota, they belong to sports,” said Susan Williams, who heads an advocacy group called Transformation Project. “It’s time for elected officials in South Dakota to stop these unnecessary annual attacks on transgender people.”
Even though the High School Activity Association says there are currently no transgender students in girls ‘sports, Noem ordered that all girls who want to play in girls’ sports leagues in public schools must present a birth certificate or certificate that shows they were born. are: female. The second order extended to state universities in the state, but was a proposal that would ban them. The governor also promised to convene a meeting of lawmakers again in the coming months to resolve the issue.
“Only girls should be involved in girls’ sports,” Naomi said in a statement, adding that she was issuing the orders because the legislature had rejected her partial veto of the bill.
Initially saying that he was excited to sign the bill this month, Noem found himself in a political mess. He encountered rumors of lobbying in the interests of business, legal threats, and the betrayal of social conservatives, who asserted that he was on their side.
Noem was retained by the Conservatives for partially vetoing a bill passed by the Legislature on March 8. A partial veto hit both parts of the bill, restricting it to high school and basic sports. He argued that the bill constituted a “participation cup” as the ban on collegiate athletics would lead to lawsuits և for the NCAA to pull tournaments out of the states.
Business groups have said that if the NCAA withdrew the tournament, it would cost the state millions of dollars – up to 100 full-time – part-time jobs.
The governor’s use of a “style horse” veto, usually reserved to clear technical language, also forced lawmakers to cross the constitutional boundaries of his office. On Monday, the chamber rejected its “veto” style and instead sought to repeal it as a veto. The bill died after failing to garner the two-thirds needed to overcome the veto.
Democrat Erin Hill welcomed the bill, saying it would “discriminate against a group of people who are already vulnerable.”