PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Republicans on a South Dakota Senate committee have rejected a bill that would have banned transgender students from using school restrooms that match their gender identity.
All but one senator on the seven-member Senate Judiciary committee voted to reject the bill that has earlier cleared the House. They argued that determining trans students’ bathroom access was a policy best left to local school boards.
Rep. Fred Deutsch says he brought the bill after the Vermillion School Board established a policy that allows students to use restrooms that correspond with their “consistently asserted gender.”