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Bill prohibiting certain health care for transgender youth heads to Noem | Feb 10


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Senate Republicans are advancing a bill that prohibits doctors from prescribing puberty blockers and cross sex hormones to transgender kids. Lawmakers are focused on prohibiting certain surgeries on adolescents.

One sponsor of Senate Bill 4 voted against the bill after another senator successfully proposed an amendment. The dispute took place during Senate floor debate. The bill, as written, allowed state court judges to refer juveniles to the Department of Corrections after three strikes. Under the amendment, the juvenile has only one strike.

South Dakota lawmakers are considering a bill to remove sales tax from feminine hygiene products like pads and tampons. In House Bill 11-49's first hearing, proponents included an Augustana student and members of nonprofit groups.

The House Education Committee voted down a bill designed to regulate the removal of obscene materials from school and public libraries at the state level.

The Oglala Sioux Tribe is suing the U.S. Department of Interior and its agencies for violating treaty obligations to fund law enforcement on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Parties spent the day in federal court in Rapid City, the first of a two-day evidentiary hearing in front of Federal Judge Roberto Lange.

And more.

Megan hosts All Things Considered and the SDPB News podcast.