Transgender Bathroom Bill

The state Senate has approved a bill that sets up a new board to oversee South Dakota's four technical institutes.

The State House Committee for Agriculture and Natural Resources has passed a bill that changes the way landowners can use hunting permits. The bill allows landowners to transfer those permits in certain circumstances. 

The Senate Education Committee will not hear testimony or vote on the latest version of a transgender bathroom bill. 

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender students in South Dakota say they encounter discrimination in school. Their stories are part of a document released Wednesday by Human Rights Watch.

The 103-page report indicates students in South Dakota are bullied, harassed, and threatened because they’re LGBT. It includes stories that some schools and teachers treat LGBT kids – and staff – differently.  

Argus Leader Media

Dana Ferguson of Argus Leader Media looks ahead to the 2017 legislative session in this week's Dakota Political Junkies segment. She visits about bills that could be introduced and the possibility of a transgender restroom bill receiving enough petition signatures to be placed on the 2018 ballot.

Transgender Bathroom Bill Could Return On 2018 Ballot

Nov 22, 2016
Chynna Lockett / SDPB

A version of the transgender bathroom bill that was vetoed by Governor Dennis Daugaard earlier this year could make its way to the 2018 ballot for a public vote.

A group is pushing for enough signatures to bring the issue of transgender students and bathroom usage to voters statewide.

Attorney General Marty Jackley says supporters are about to start circulating petitions for measure that requires transgender students use the bathroom corresponding with their assigned sex at birth.

Dakota Digest for March 4, 2016

Mar 4, 2016
SDPB

On this week's edition of Dakota Digest, Governor Dennis Daugaard has veto'd the transgender bathroom bill. Also, the half-penny teacher pay bill has now passed both the senate and house and awaits the Governor's signature. 

Chynna Lockett / SDPB

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.