HB 1217 banning transgender women and girls from competing in ladies sports passed House State Affairs Committee

PIERRE, S.D.(WNAX)- In an 11-2 vote, the House State Affairs Committee Monday night voted to advance House Bill 1217, legislation that would ban transgender women and girls from competing on the sports teams that match their gender identity.

Bill supporter, Senator Maggie Sutton of Sioux Falls, says allowing transgender students to participate could destroy sports.

Dan Swartos, Executive Director of the High School Activities Association, told the committee they were dealing with a small number of kids.

Representative Oren Lesmeister of Parade says these cases will end up in court.

The bill, with a do pass recommendation, now moves to the House floor for debate.