Governor signs girls’ sports participation bill

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Governor signs girls’ sports participation bill

The girls’ sports participation bill reached the gov’s desk and was signed into law.


Senate Bill 46, which changes the process of participation in girls’ sports, passed the House on a 50-17 vote last week (2/1), following the pause of debate on the bill, and was signed into law by Gov. Kristi Noem on Friday (2/4).


ASBSD opposed the bill citing support of the current South Dakota High School Activities Association’s policy on participation in athletics, which includes a lengthy review process for participation of a transgender athlete in high school sports, and potential loss in federal funding due to possible Title IX investigations.


The bill does include a “hold harmless clause” that would require the State’s Attorney General represent a school district in court should it be sued and have the state pay damages incurred.


For updates from the 2022 legislative session, check the ASBSD Blog and Billtracker page.

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