South Dakota Governor Vetoes Bill Stipulating Transgender Students’ Bathroom Use

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By Laura Wagner and Bill Chappell
March 1, 2016

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed a bill that would have required transgender students in South Dakota’s public schools to use bathrooms, locker rooms and other facilities based on their gender at birth.

Daugaard issued the veto Tuesday afternoon on a bill that would have become law at midnight if he had taken no action.

Opponents of the measure, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Human Rights Campaign, had called on Daugaard to veto the bill.

“Proponents of House Bill 1008 say it protects students’ privacy,” South Dakota Public Radio reports. “Opponents say it’s discrimination.”

After the bill was approved by a 20-15 vote in the state Senate last month, its opponents held protests and questioned lawmakers about it. Daugaard, who in the past had said that he saw the legislation as providing accommodations for both sides, had also met with transgender students and parents.

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