Both chambers of the South Dakota Legislature convene at 2 p.m. Central today. The House takes up HB 1182, the sales tax for teacher pay bill; the Senate takes up HB 1008, Rep. Fred Deutsch’s paranoid potty bill. The House will likely balk again on HB 1182 and put off action for another 48 hours; the Senate may well take the final vote that stands between this legislative bullying of transgender kids and the Governor’s signature.
I’ve been grinding the gears on my spreadsheets figuring the fiscal impact of HB 1182; I yield the floor to the ACLU to lay out the fiscal impact of violating federal law and forcing schools to discriminate against transgender students:
We can’t get the House to cowboy up to an $80 million increase in K-12 spending, but the Senate may vote to give up a million bucks per lawsuit and $205 million a year in lost federal education aid? Someone, please, explain to me why legislators are less worried about teachers leaving the state than about kids taking a leak in the toilet of their choice.