Dakota Midday: Representative Fred Deutsch On HB1008
House Bill 1008 is a bill that restricts the use of bathrooms by transgender students. It would require all students to use bathrooms, locker rooms and dressing rooms aligned with the gender they were assigned at birth, regardless of their gender identity now. Supporters say it protects the privacy of all students. Opponents say it isolates and discriminates against transgender South Dakotans and takes control away from local decision-makers.
The bill passed the House with a 58 to 10 vote on January 27. It is scheduled for hearing in front of the Senate education committee tomorrow, February 11 at 7:45 a.m.
Representative Fred Deutsch discusses HB1008 in depth with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh.