Facing opposition from the governor, Pennington County Senator Lance Russell withdrew SB 115. The bill would have restricted transgender students to using locker rooms and changing rooms of the sex they were assigned at birth. Although grouped in with similar bills across the country known as "Bathroom Bills," SB 115 did not cover restrooms.
The Rapid City Journal reports this bill was similar to a bill Governor Daugaard vetoed last year. The governor indicated he would veto any similar bill this year, if passed by the legislature. Proponents of bathroom bills believe they cover privacy concerns, while opponents believe they single out transgender students and are discriminatory. Federal guidance states that "a person's gender identity may be different from or the same as the person's sex assigned at birth."
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