BREAKING: ‘Either Sign Or Veto’: South Dakota Legislature Rejects Gov. Noem’s Changes To Women’s Sports Bill

 The South Dakota House voted again to pass a bill banning biological males from women’s sports, rejecting Gov. Kristi Noem’s “style and form” veto and sending it back to her desk.

The House voted 67-2 in favor of sending the bill back to Noem’s desk for her signature while rejecting changes she proposed that critics said would gut the bill. The bill, H.B. 1217, dubbed the Fairness in Women’s Sports act, was meant to protect the integrity of women’s sports by effectively banning transgender females from competing on women’s teams from the collegiate level down.Noem blocked the bill on March 19 by a “style and form” veto in which she sent the bill back to the legislature with suggested changes. Critics alleged that her changes gutted the bill by removing protections from the collegiate level.

“Vote to pass the governor’s style and form veto on the Fairness for [Women’s] Sports bill fails 2-67. The bill now goes back to the governor for her to either sign or veto. House believes her style-and-form is unconstitutional,” GOP state Rep. Fred Deutsch tweeted on Friday.

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