South Dakota House Panel Votes to Void Transgender Students in Sports Policy
PIERRE, S.D. - A state House committee has approved a proposal that would void a High School Activities Association policy on transgender student participation in sports.
The House State Affairs Committee on Monday voted 10 to 2 to support the measure.
The policy, which was adopted in June, requires the association to review requests by transgender students or their guardians to decide on which team the student can participate.
Republican Rep. Jim Bolin of Canton is sponsoring the measure to void that policy. Bolin's plan would require students to play on the same team as the gender identified on their birth certificates. He says the association made a "significant error" when it adopted the policy.
Opponents of Bolin's bill say sports should be open to all students regardless of their gender identity.
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