It is a solution in search of a problem…. I think to the extent that there are issues that concern transgender students in our schools that, as I mentioned in my veto message, those are being addressed at the local level and there is no need for a state one-size-fits all solution to be imposed upon local governments when those governments can manage the situation already [Governor Dennis Daugaard, in Dana Ferguson, “Daugaard Says South Dakota Doesn’t Need Transgender Bathroom Bill,” that Sioux Falls paper, 2017.01.09].
…not if you don’t want South Dakota to lose tens of millions of dollars:
I know that the Chamber of Commerce in Sioux Falls is very concerned about all the NCAA tournaments and the other kinds of sports tournaments we are hosting at the Sanford Pentagon and at the Premier Center. And those are tens of millions of dollars of tournaments that are at risk if the state jumps into this arena unnecessarily [Daugaard, in Ferguson, 2017.01.09].
On this issue, the Governor is talking sense. Legislators, stick with the budget and corruption.