Gov. Kristi Noem Proposes New ‘Fairness in Women’s Sports’ Legislation

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Conservative South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem released a new version of the “Fairness in Women’s Sports” bill that she vetoed earlier this year.

“This is about fairness. Every young woman deserves an equal playing field where she can achieve success, but common sense tells us that males have an unfair physical advantage over females in athletic competition,” Noem commented.

The recent update of the legislation will prevent students attending state schools from participating on sports teams that don’t match the biological sex that is listed on their birth certificate. 

“It is for those reasons that only girls should be competing in girls’ sports,” Noem continued. “Women have fought long and hard for equal athletic opportunities, and South Dakota will defend them, but we have to do it in a smart way.”

The legislation states that only female athletes, “based on their biological sex,” can compete in athletics that are designated for women, or girls. It also clearly defines biological sex as “either female or male as described by the sex listed on the athlete’s official birth certificate.” 

The bill also allows student-athletes to take legal action if they suffer harm as a result of a violation of the Act, or retaliation by their school for reporting a violation. The organizations themselves will not be liable to transgender students for complying with the proposed rules. 

Noem inflamed conservative critics in March when she nixed a previous version of H.B. 1217, for opening the state up to potential litigation from the NCAA. She kicked the bill back for revisions, but the House rebuffed the changes, and she ultimately vetoed the legislation. 

“This legislation does not have the problematic provisions that were included in last year’s House Bill 1217,” Noem concluded. “Those flawed provisions would have led to litigation for our state, as well as for the families of young South Dakota athletes – male and female alike.”



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THOMAS D CANFIELD
THOMAS D CANFIELD
6 months ago

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Casey
Casey
6 months ago

I find it very sad that we now have to pass legislation for common sense things. What next, a “law” telling us we have to drink through our mouths and not through our noses?

Liberals need to reminded that their lunacy will not be accepted or TOLERATED by people with common sense. This is sad but it is the situation in our country right now.

Ruckweiler
Ruckweiler
6 months ago

This sex confusion nonsense is an abomination.

Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno
6 months ago

Everyone knows this capsizes Title IX, a law that has protected women from male-dominated sports at public and private institutions. It extends past mere participation. Most schools cannot afford separate training facilities and schedule separate practice periods. They also share competition fields, staff and equipment.

This law equalized opportunities for school aged women but the transgender crowd now threatens to reverse a half century of hard-earned civil rights. Perhaps our lawmakers should investigate and if warranted, create a new category for transgender students, modeled after the original law.

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