South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Tuesday vetoed a bill that would have required transgender students in the state’s public schools to use bathrooms and locker rooms that matched their sex at birth.
That would have restricted access to school restrooms and locker rooms to students of the same biological sex.
In issuing his veto, the Republican governor said the bill, known as HB 1008, “does not address any pressing issue concerning the school districts of South Dakota. As policymakers in South Dakota, we often recite that the best government is the government closest to the people.
“Local school districts can, and have, made necessary restroom and locker room accommodations that serve the best interests of all students, regardless of biological sex or gender identity,” Daugaard said.
“This bill seeks to impose statewide standards on ‘every restroom, locker room, and shower room located in a public elementary or secondary school.’ It removes the ability of local school districts to determine the most appropriate accommodations for their individual students and replaces that flexibility with a state mandate.”