Apparently Concerned Women for America placed the following propaganda on Senate desks today:
Senate Bill 140 is the hoghouse vehicle that Rep. Jim Bolin (R-16/Canton) used yesterday to keep alive his proposal to repeal the South Dakota High School Activities Association’s transgender student participation policy. His original proposal, HB 1195, died yesterday when the Senate refused on a 16–19 vote to place the smoked-out bill on its calendar for debate. The determined Rep. Bolin then hoghoused the language of HB 1195 into SB 140 and got his fellow House members to approve that move 45–23.
That’s six fewer ayes than Rep. Bolin got for HB 1195 when it moved through the House on February 10. One month later, Rep. Bolin’s SB 140 hoghouse picked up three votes from Republicans who were absent for the February 10 vote (Al Novstrup, Jim Schaefer, and Mike Verchio). But the resurrection of the transgender issue drove eight Republicans who had voted yes a month ago to go nay this time (Kristin Conzet, Justin Cronin, Dan Dryden, Jean Hunhoff, Alex Jensen, Tim Johns, Fred Romkema, Jacqueline Sly, and Dick Werner).
Bolin’s hoghouse kicked the amendedly unrecognizable SB 140 back to the Senate, which again rebuffed this effort to bully SDHSAA and transgender student-athletes. Libby Skarin reports the vote today was 16–18. The Senate rejection triggers a conference committee, to which the Senate appointed Senators Jim White, Troy Heinert, and (no, wait, seriously? this guy?) Phil Jensen.
The CWA borrowed its ad from the LGBT-phobic Minnesota Child Protection League, which used that same image and similar fear tactics in its unsuccessful campaign against Minnesota’s transgender student-athlete policy last fall. CWA’s bathroom panic is unfounded: there is no evidence that transgender-inclusive policies in public accommodations in multiple states have led to any increase in sexual assaults or come-hither looks or whatever it is that so terrifies CWA’s Cindy Flakoll, Rep. Bolin, Senator Bob Ewing, Senator Brock Greenfield, and others in the Legislature’s conservative rump. Besides, students pretty much quit showering at school twenty years ago. The scenario in the CWA flyer just won’t happen.
Advocates of this discrimination continue their political cross-dressing, saying the effort to repeal the SDHSAA transgender-participation policy is about the sanctity of birth certificates, the authority of the state over the activities association, and, most Orwellianly, the protection of children. Don’t fall for it. This persistent effort to undo the SDHSAA’s positive (and so far, complaint-free) policy is the shameful grown-up manifestation of the bullying transgender kids face from their peers…
…or maybe not. Senator Bernie Hunhoff observed in floor debate today that today’s teens are more understanding than most legislators’ generation. Take a memo, grown-ups: SB 140 is making a fuss where none is needed.