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SD Schools Agree With Transgender Student Sports Policy

Aug 19, 2019
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A recent poll shows about 80 percent of schools in the state support the current guidelines for transgender student athletes. Currently, students who want to participate in a sport as a gender other than that assigned at birth have to get permission through the South Dakota High School Activities Association. 

 

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In The Moment ... February 20, 2019 Show 519 Hour 1

How do assumptions about gender impact public policy? Is gender, in fact, binary?

Today we welcome Anne Dilenschneider to the program. She is a counselor who has worked with transgender people for 27 years and has completed international specialty training in gender health.

We were also joined by 17-year-old Oliver Dickman and his mother Jessica Martin.

Reporting on politics and public policy is supported by The Center for Western Studies at Augustana University.

Bill Banning Gender Dysphoria Instruction Passes House

Feb 12, 2019

A bill banning instruction on gender dysphoria in kindergarten through seventh grade passes through the house of representatives. Supporters say the bill protects students from confusion about their gender identities. Critics say it discriminates against students who are transgender. 

Gender dysphoria is clinically significant distress that occurs when a person’s gender identity does not match the identity they’ve been assigned by others. Treatments for this diagnosis range from talk therapy to identity-affirming surgery.

House Bill 1205 protects parents from legal problems if they refuse to allow their child to undergo healthcare treatment related to the child’s gender identity. The House Health and Human Services Committee defeats the bill after testimony from a human rights group and the argument that the bill is not pro-life. 

Representative Don Haggar says the Indian Health Service needs help and is requesting an audit by the Federal General Accounting Office.

A bill to equal parenting time for divorced couples assumes both parents have equal rights and responsibilities for joint custody. The measure is moving through the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The South Dakota Senate delays vote on measure to repeal Initiated Measure 22.

Daugaard Says He Will Veto Transgender Locker Room Bill

Jan 26, 2017
Kealey Bultena / SDPB

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard says as it’s currently written, he will veto the transgender locker room bill if it reaches his desk.
 
Senate Bill 115 defines a person’s sex based on anatomy. It states that locker rooms, showers and changing facilities in public schools, shall be for use by persons of only the same sex.
 
The bill also states school districts can provide accommodations for transgender students.
 

A sponsor of the transgender bathroom ballot measure says he’s bringing the issue to voters statewide after the legislature failed to pass a similar bill.

Jack Heyd says the voting public should have a say in 2018 if lawmakers again fail to pass a measure in the coming session.

A Box Elder resident, Heyd is behind a ballot measure that requires public school students to use rooms designated for the same biological sex. That means bathrooms, locker rooms and the like.

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A transgender attorney is touring South Dakota to build understanding and acceptance.  

Ellen Krug spoke at the Equality Center in Sioux Falls on Monday evening and at the Rapid City Public Library on Tuesday night on how to interact with diverse populations.

Ellen Krug says she is the first Iowa attorney to transition genders.  Krug also says she is one of few attorneys in the country to try jury cases in separate genders.

Statehouse Podcast: Ed Funding Passes, Transgender Bill Veto

Mar 1, 2016

The Statehouse Podcast for Match 1st, 2016 includes stories on the passage of education funding, and a veto of the transgender bathroom bill.  Plus, news on debate over medical marijuana, guns in courthouses, and the sale of fetal body parts.

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A bill that requires students use school bathrooms that coincide with biological sex is not law. Governor Dennis Daugaard announced Tuesday he vetoed House Bill 1008 hours before the deadline to make a decision.

House Bill 1008 is the so-called transgender bathroom bill. Supporters say the measure protects privacy, because it keeps students of different biological sexes in separate bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers.

Governor Dennis Daugaard says he’ll make a decision by Tuesday on what’s known as the transgender bathroom bill. House Bill 1008 requires transgender students use the bathroom of their biological sex. The measure was delivered to the Governor’s desk last week.

Proponents of House Bill 1008 say it protects students’ privacy. Opponents say it’s discrimination.

The Statehouse Podcast for February 19th, 2016 includes coverage of legislation on education funding, transgender bathrooms, and payday loan regulations.

 

HB 1008 Sparks Protest

Feb 19, 2016

A group of students is organizing a protest in Sioux Falls following the passage of House Bill 1008. It’s known as the transgender bathroom bill.   
 
The legislation is on the Governor’s desk.  Those backing the bill say it protects people.  They say it keeps students of the same biological sex in the same school bathrooms and locker rooms. Opponents call the bill discrimination that threatens the civil rights of transgender people.
 

Birth Certificate Bill Labeled Attack On Transgender People

Feb 17, 2016

UPDATE: One of the measures dealing with transgender people is dead in the state legislature.
 
House Bill 12-09 requires the state and other entities to recognize a person's gender only as the biological sex registered at birth.  Opponents call the measure an attack on the civil rights of transgender people. They note gender can be changed even on federal passports.  
 

Jenifer Jones

A measure known as the transgender bathroom bill is on its way to the governor’s desk. House Bill 1008 survived the State Senate on Tuesday. Fifteen lawmakers in that chamber oppose the legislation, but 20 support it.

Supporters of the so-called transgender bathroom bill say it protects student privacy by securing restrooms for opposite biological sexes. The bill determines sex based on anatomy and birth certificates. State Senator Brock Greenfield supports the measure.

Dakota Digest for February 12, 2016

Feb 12, 2016

The state legislature has passed a transgender bathroom bill to the Senate floor. It will be voted on next week, and if it passes, it will go to Governor Dennis Daugaards desk. Also, the Governor's education bill has been delayed until next week. State Gymnastics is also underway at the Swiftel Center in Brookings on Friday and Saturday. All of this and more on this week's edition of Dakota Digest.

Statehouse Podcast: Transgender Bathrooms, Medicaid Expansion, Fracking Ban

Feb 11, 2016

The Statehouse Podcast for Thursday, February 11th, 2016 includes coverage of legislation on transgender policy in South Dakota schools,  Medicaid expansion, open government, and a fracking ban.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

A bill that mandates accommodations for transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms in public schools is on its way to the state Senate floor. An education committee Thursday voted to pass House Bill 1008. Supporters say the measure protects students’ privacy. Opponents say it’s discrimination.

Mandie Weinandt is faculty advisor for the University of South Dakota’s LGBTQ student group. She joins Dakota Midday to talk about what it means to be an “ally” during conversations regarding transgender legislation.

The governor's plan to overhaul education funding continues to be key legislation during the 2016 Session. SDPB's Kealey Bultena has been following education topics closely as the process to raise teacher salaries continues to unfold and, some fear, unravel in Pierre. Bultena joins Lori Walsh to talk about the progress of HB1182 (a bill to increase the sales tax in order to sustainably fund education), rule 5-17, which was used to delay debate of the bill this week, and HB1008, a bill that seeks to redefine bathroom use for transgender students.

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 Statehouse Podcast for Tuesday February 9th, 2016 includes coverage of legislation on the policy for allowing transgender students in high school sports, prenatal care, and vaccine warnings.

Jenifer Jones

A bill that eliminates an activities policy on transgender students is halfway through the Statehouse. House Bill 1112 voids the transgender policy the South Dakota High School Activities Association has in place. Lawmakers in Pierre amended the measure during debate.

Several South Dakota lawmakers say they understand school leaders want a consistent, clear policy for transgender students, but legislators disagree about who should institute the guidelines and what they should include.

Jenifer Jones

The Statehouse Podcast for February 3nd, 2016 includes coverage of legislation on transgender and gay marriage polices and effort to modify a measure dealing with health care passed by voters in 2014.  The podcast also includes an update on the bill requiring the results of abortion facility inspections to be posted on-line and legislation that requires schools to implement and practice safety plans.

Jenifer Jones / SDPB

A measure that allows lawmakers to review the South Dakota High School Activities Association’s social policy is dead. Some legislators support House Bill 1111 as a means to regulate issues related to transgender students among other matters. The argument on the bill in committee centered on the whether the activities association qualifies as a state agency.

The statehouse podcast for January 27th, 2015 includes stories on transgender bathrooms in schools, Mandatory Immunizations for school kids, and daylight savings time, and immunity for calling 911 to report an emergency while on drugs. 

Jenifer Jones

The Legislative Podcast for January 25th, 2016 includes stories on an effort to change the policy on transgender bathrooms and locker rooms in schools.  You can find more from opponents, and proponents who were interviewed on SDPB’s Dakota Midday.   This podcast also includes updates on legislation to mandate a meningitis vaccine for entry in school and an effort

A bill outlining which students can use which bathrooms in South Dakota schools is past its first legislative hurdle. The House State Affairs committee Monday approved House Bill 1008. Supporters of the measure say it protects student privacy; opponents say the move harms students who are transgender.

South Dakota ACLU Policy Director Libby Skarin joins Dakota Midday for a conversation about House Bill 1008, a bill to "restrict access to certain restrooms and locker rooms in public schools."

Skarin discusses the vulnerability of transgender students, the impact discrimination has on their school attendance and success, and what she says the impact of HB1008 would be on the state of South Dakota as well as on transgender and cisgender students.

District 4 State Representative Fred Deutsch of Florence joins Dakota Midday for a conversation about House Bill 1008, a bill to "restrict access to certain restrooms and locker rooms in public schools."

Rep. Deutsch discusses the timing of HB1008, how the state can support local districts in protecting the "bodily privacy of young people," and what he says the possible impact of the bill is on transgender and cisgender students.

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