Wednesday, March 02, 2016

South Dakota Governor Vetoes Bill Restricting Transgender Students' Choice of Bathrooms

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard yesterday vetoed a bill that would have prohibited public schools from allowing transgender students to use rest rooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity. Instead it would have required students to use facilities consistent with their anatomy and chromosomes at birth. (See prior posting.)  In his veto message (full text) Daugaard said in part:
If and when these rare situations arise, I believe local school officials are best positioned to address them.  Instead of encouraging local solutions, this bill broadly regulates in a manner that invites conflict and litigation, diverting energy and resources from the education of the children of this state.
Washington Post reports on the governor's veto.