S. Dakota governor vetoes transgender bathroom bill

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March 2, 2016

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.”

  • CHARLES S

    The way I understand this stupid bill is this: Its ok with the Gov. if I, a female, who feels like a male, walk into a mens bathroom and while this Gov is urinating ; I can pull down my panties and squat down on a urinal and do my duty n there is Nothing he can do about it since he himself vetoed this bill.
    I wonder how he would feel if this were to happen… would he be ok with me staring at his small dingy….. and keep on staring if I so wished…
    If he did object I would remind him of his vetoed bill and tell him that this is what he wanted and he should have no problem with me being in the same bathroom with him…

  • bg9g1

    he 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.]

    HUH?????????????????????????????????????????

    maybe the writer was on something, who can tell these days..

  • Bob in Florida

    Tex –
    Either you read the article wrong . . . or, I did?
    Or, did I interpret your comment incorrectly?

    As you said in your comment, “Bowing down to satisfy the abnormal demands of the smallest percentage of our population is nuts!”

    I agree with you wholeheartedly!

    But, you also said “Finally, some common sense!”

    I’m confused. I thought the governor vetoed a bill that would have stopped that ‘small percentage of our population’ from dictating to everyone else that they (the gender identity confused) get to use whatever bathroom facilities they want. How is this not bowing down to that small percentage of our population?

    What are you describing as “common sense”?

    That he is just saying that this is not a major issue for the state and that he feels it should be left up to the local school boards – hence, he vetoed the bill that would address it at a state-wide level? . . . or,
    That he vetoed a bill that would prevent the minority from dictating to the majority?

    • bg9g1

      you are not alone,..

      i thought i was reading it wrong..

      then i read it a couple of more times..

      he vetoed a bill that would NOT allow for transgender
      accommodations in school bath and locker rooms..

      iow: individual accommodations
      are a priority vs common sense

  • TexRancher

    Finally, some Common Sense! Bowing down to satisfy the abnormal demands of the smallest percentage of our population is nuts! To allow them to infringe of the privacy of the majority is just plain STUPID!

    • bg9g1

      he 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.

      seems to me he rejected common sense and
      opted for the minority infringing on the majority..

      yes, the way it was written is very confusing.. but that’s legalities for you.. they mean what they say, but they say it in a way that doesn’t mean what one thinks they’re reading unless they have a law degree, or are old like me.. 🙂

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