When we get to Pierre, maybe we’ll call ourselves the Anti-Ridiculousness Caucus.
For Immediate Release:
South Dakota Legislative Candidates Call for Veto of Transgender Bathroom Bill
An Open Letter to Governor Dennis Daugaard and All South Dakota Voters
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
The South Dakota Legislature’s approval of House Bill 1008, an ill-informed state mandate forcing schools to adopt an illegal and discriminatory policy toward transgender students’ use of school bathrooms and locker rooms, is one reason we are running to replace our out-of-touch Legislative incumbents.
We cannot support passing bills to single out and bully transgender students.
We cannot support passing bills that take away local schools’ ability to decide what’s best for their students.We cannot support passing bills at the behest of out-of-state lawyers eager to make South Dakota a guinea pig for their pet culture-war projects while putting school districts at risk of costly lawsuits.
We cannot support passing bills that violate federal law and put South Dakota at risk of losing over $200 million in federal education funds, especially at a time when our Legislature can’t work up the courage to pass an additional $80 million to raise teacher pay.
We cannot support passing bills that draw national ridicule, that make South Dakotans look uninformed and prejudiced, and that run the risk of a boycott that could depress our tourism economy and our sales tax revenues.
We cannot support House Bill 1008. We hope Governor Dennis Daugaard will veto House Bill 1008. And we ask our fellow South Dakotans to reject House Bill 1008 and the legislators who have voted for it.
- Mark Winegar—Candidate for District 17 House
- Ellee Spawn—Candidate for District 13 House
- Shane Merrill—Candidate for District 17 Senate
- Ethan Marsland—Candidate for District 33 House
- Cory Allen Heidelberger—Candidate for District 3 Senate
- Michael Hanson—Candidate for District 35 House
- Tom Cool—Candidate for District 11 Senate
[press release, 2016.02.17]