Governor Dennis Daugaard effectively scared legislators off pushing any anti-transgender potty-panic bills last winter. Now Family Heritage Alliance says it will hold off anti-transgender measures until 2019:
A top group official says Family Heritage Alliance Action won’t bring a “student privacy act” next session in part because of GOP Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s past opposition.”>
Ed Randazzo, the nonprofit’s director of political operations, also says the group thinks it’s an issue for the Legislature, not the ballot.
…But Randazzo says he’s buoyed because the two top Republicans vying to succeed Daugaard — Attorney General Marty Jackley and U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem — have offered support for the idea [“Major ‘Bathroom Bill’ Supporter to Focus on 2019 Legislature,” AP via Watertown Public Opinion, 2017.08.10].
Note the wave-off on the ballot measure as well. That means FHA won’t be throwing in with Jack Heyd, the lone wolf from Box Elder who proposed a petition drive to put a potty bill to a public vote in 2018 but from whom, with less than three months until the petition submission deadline, we have heard nothing. That’s consistent with FHA’s cool response to the proposed ballot measure last winter.
But don’t think that means FHA and its culture-war allies won’t push other anti-LGBT measures in the 2018 Legislature. They won a big, ugly victory in 2017 with Senate Bill 149, the new law allowing adoption agencies to discriminate against prospective parents based on religion (code for: no babies for transgender or homosexual parents!). Potty panic may not fly with Governor Daugaard, but other anti-LGBT measures will.
Noem and Jackley may be ready to do FHA’s anti-trans bidding if they become governor, but they’ll have to get through Democratic candidate for Governor Billie Sutton, whose voting record shows he’s less FHA-pliable on transgender fairness. Senator Sutton voted against SB 149 this year. Sutton voted against the transgender potty bill, HB 1008, that Governor Daugaard vetoed in 2016, and Sutton resisted Legislative efforts to revoke the SDHSAA’s inclusive transgender policy in 2015.