South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) will suggest a new bill to the state legislature in January to shield girls’ sports activities that fixes the authorized points she says marred a earlier bill addressing the difficulty that she vetoed earlier this 12 months.
The bill is designed to forestall transgender girls, who’re organic boys taking steroids to be extra female, from enjoying in girls’ sports activities due to the unfair bodily benefit they’d have over the girls.
Noem advised the John Solomon Reports podcast on Friday’s episode that the primary bill “allowed people to go after and sue people for any kind of steroid or drug use, yet the drugs were not defined in statute,” that means that a baby enjoying on a soccer group who makes use of an inhaler for bronchial asthma could possibly be thought-about as taking a steroid.
“Therefore, any child who did not make the football team that year could sue that student who was using inhalers and the entire team and the school district for unlimited damages and emotional damages, as well,” Noem mentioned.
The first, flawed bill linked Ok-12 and faculty sports activities collectively in the identical bill, Noem defined, which was particularly troublesome given the bill’s vulnerability to authorized problem.
“So by having the K-12 system tied to the collegiate system in one bill that would be in court while it was being in court litigated and decided in the judicial system, I couldn’t protect girls’ sports in my public schools,” she mentioned.
Noem defined that the rationale she signed an government order when she vetoed the unique bill was so she may nonetheless shield girls’ sports activities. The new bill codifies her government order into legislation “so that it will be there long-term and it’ll ensure that girls play girls’ sports, boys play boys’ sports, and that there is a fairness and opportunity for every little girl in South Dakota that wants to grow up and compete.”