Transgender bathroom bill vetoed

Pierre, SD (KDLT) South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard has vetoed House Bill 1008, which would have required public school students to use bathrooms that match their gender assigned at birth.

"I’m just so happy," says ACLU Policy Director Libby Skarin. She says the Governor’s decision is positive for the state.

"This sends a strong message to everyone in South Dakota that discrimination is not tolerated," says Skarin.

But not everyone is sharing the same feeling.

"It’s disappointing," says District 4 Representative Fred Deutsch.

Rep. Deutsch sponsored House Bill 1008, and says the proposal was intended to be non-discriminatory and provide privacy for all public school students.

"That’s why I had the section in there on accommodations," says Rep. Deutsch. "I could have not included that. I could have said boys in the boys room and girls in the girls period, but I put in that a school would have to make a special accommodation to make everyone feel comfortable."

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