SD Bill to not allow transgenders to participate in girls sports on its way to Governor Noem’s desk

PIERRE, S.D.(WNAX)- A bill dealing with transgender people and sports was smoked out to the Senate floor, debated and passed.

The bill, HB1217 is called “to promote fairness in women’s sports.”

Senator V.J. Smith of Brookings said there is no rush to pass the bill while legal challenges are underway.

Senator Maggie Sutton of Sioux Falls, a prime sponsor, says its about fairness to girls and women.

The bill was approved on a vote of 20-15.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says she will sign a bill to bar transgender girls and women from participating in female sports leagues. However, whether it ultimately takes effect in the state will likely be decided in federal court.