South Dakota's governor issues executive orders banning transgender athletes from women's sports
March 30, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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MCDONOUGH, GEORGIA - JANUARY 03: South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem speaks as she campaigns for U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) during a campaign event outside Gritz Family Restaurant January 3, 2021 in McDonough, Georgia. Sen. Loeffler continued to campaign for the upcoming runoff election in a race against Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Raphael Warnock. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
South Dakota's Republican Gov. Kristi Noem banned transgender girls and women from competing on women's sports teams at public high schools and colleges via a pair of executive orders issued Monday.
Washington (CNN)South Dakota's Republican Gov. Kristi Noem banned transgender girls and women from competing on women's sports teams at public high schools and colleges via a pair of executive orders issued Monday.
The orders, which Noem cast as a temporary fix to the issue, came after she killed HB 1217, a bill state lawmakers recently approved that would've created a similar ban, but that the governor wanted revised to address "vague and overly broad language (that) could have significant unintended consequences. "
The governor said in a statement that she "will be working with legislative leaders to schedule a special legislative session in late May or early June" to "address this important issue," but her decision on Monday has already angered conservatives in the state, including one of the bill's sponsors, who called Noem's orders "very weak. "