The Republican-controlled South Dakota legislature rejected edits from the state’s GOP Gov. Kristi Noem Monday on a bill prohibiting biological males from participation in women’s sports.
Noem issued a “style and form” veto two weeks ago on the “Fairness in Women’s Sports” Act, effectively gutting the law with required changes that eliminate its application to institutions of higher education and erases avenues of legal action for girls in K-12 programs.
The state’s House of Representatives voted down Noem’s revised legislation 67-2, including several Democrats who joined Republicans to strike down the governor’s changes. What happens next remains unclear.
Some South Dakota Republicans and state constitutional scholars, including those at the American Principles Project, claim the proposed law will return to Noem’s desk for a final decision on whether to sign the bill as originally written or issue a straight veto.
The governor’s office, however, appears to take a different interpretation of the process outlined in state law.