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S.D. Senate declines to consider bill to void transgender student athletes policy

South Dakota state capitol in Pierre. LGBTQ Nation

PIERRE, S.D. – The full South Dakota Senate opted not to take up a proposal that would void a High School Activities Association policy on transgender student participation in sports.

South Dakota state capitol in Pierre.

South Dakota state capitol in Pierre.

Senators rejected an attempt Tuesday to put up for discussion the bill that was rejected in committee.

The association’s policy was adopted in June. It requires schools to review requests by transgender students or their guardians to decide on which team the student can participate. A committee then would make the final ruling.

Republican Rep. Jim Bolin’s plan would have required students to play on the same team as the sex identified on their birth certificates. He says the association made a “significant error” with the policy.

Opponents of Bolin’s bill say transgender athletes shouldn’t face discrimination.

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