Alert: South Dakota Governor Daugaard Must Show Leadership By Vetoing First-of-its-Kind Anti-Transgender BillBy Adam Polaski • February 16, 2016 • 5:58 pm
Today, February 16, the South Dakota Senate passed legislation that would force transgender students in public schools to use restrooms, locker rooms, and facilities that correspond with their biological sex, ignoring their gender identity or expression. House Bill 1008, which will now go before Governor Dennis Daugaard for approval or veto, would require all students to provide a birth certificate or blood test results showing their biological birth before being allowed to use the restroom.
Freedom for All Americans Executive Director Matt McTighe said today:
“Discrimination has no place in South Dakota schools. This bill is not only discriminatory, but it is a gross invasion of privacy. For the first time in our nation’s history, a state will now require students to provide documentation before being allowed to use the restroom. This is wrong.”
Local school districts would be required to cover all costs associated with any lawsuits, time-consuming administrative complaints, and any damages incurred as a result of HB 1008. The state is also at risk of losing all federal education funds for adopting these discriminatory policies – which totals more than 205 million dollars, or more than 14% of the state’s education income.
McTighe continued: “This bill is a solution in search of a problem. South Dakota needs leadership from Gov. Dennis Daugaard. If Gov. Daugaard signs House Bill 1008 into law, families across the nation will know that South Dakota is not open and welcoming place to be. We call on Gov. Daugaard to veto House Bill 1008.”