PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota state senator has pulled a bill that would have required school counselors to tell parents if their child expressed feelings of gender dysphoria or self-harm. He says he is yielding to an expected House bill related to parental rights.
Sen. Phil Jensen, a Rapid City Republican, tabled his bill in the Senate Education Committee. The American Civil Liberties Union welcomed the move. The organization says the bill would infringe on students’ right to privacy. The Legislature is considering several bills addressing health care and school counseling for transgender youth this year.