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Senate Education committee has 4 bills on Tues Mar 3

March 2, 2015
Art within the SD State Capital building. Photo by Ken Santema 02/25/15.

Art within the SD State Capital building. Photo by Ken Santema 02/25/15.

On Tuesday, March 3rd, at 7:45 AM the SD Senate Education committee will take on 4 bills.

HB 1195 – SoDakLiberty PostsDeclare void the transgender policy of the South Dakota High School Activities Association and to establish a determinant in identifying a student’s sexual identity for the purpose of participation in high school athletics.

Rep Jim Bolin (R, Dist 16) and Sen Ernie Otten (R, Dist 6) are the prime sponsors. This passed out of House State Affairs 10-2 and the House floor 51-16.  I’m no fan of the SDHSAA. But, it is probably time for the legislature to realize that transgendered individuals are a part of the modern world. No amount of laws are going to change that. This bill being passed into law isn’t going to change that. If the legislature wants to go after SDHSAA there are plenty of other areas to do that on. I’ve spoken with more than one athletic director in the last year that feels the SDHSAA doesn’t work with schools, instead they dictate to schools.

HB 1161 – SoDakLiberty PostsLimit certain rule making authority of the South Dakota High School Activities Association.

Rep Steven Haugaard (R, Dist 10) and Sen Brock Greenfield  (R, Dist 2) are the prime sponsors. This bill passed out of House Education 9-6 and the House floor 46-23. This a companion to HB 1195. It would prevent the SDHSAA from creating a transgender policy in the future. Just like I said with HB 1195, this isn’t where the legislature should be focused in reigning in the HSAA.

HB 1118 – SoDakLiberty PostsProvide for oversight of postsecondary technical institutes.

Rep Mark Mickelson (R, Dist 13) and Sen Deb Peters (R, Dist 9) are the prime sponsors. This bill was hoghoused in House State Affairs and passed that committee 12-0 and the House floor 66-1. A big addition from this bill is to setup a board of nine members for each LEA. Mickelson has definitely been pushing for changes to tech schools. Possibly a good issue for running for higher office in the future…..

HB 1218 – SoDakLiberty PostsCreate certain funding for education in South Dakota.

 Rep Julie Bartling (D, Dist 21) and Sen Billie Sutton (D, Dist 21) are the prime sponsors. This is a hoghouse vehicle bill that was actually filled with legislation in House Ed. The bill allows “Any school district may make payments from its capital outlay fund for the support of a postsecondary technical institute located in the school district’s region”.  Like I said with HB 1118. Mickelson is really pushing for Tech school changes. The bill passed the House floor 60-9.

  1. Sharpshtik
    March 10, 2015 at 2:56 am

    The LGBT lobby’s transgender policy adopted by SDHSAA (among others) intentionally discriminates against every girl in the state by selectively ignoring the gender of boys who declare an abnormal mental state (i.e. declare they want to be a girl) to get into girls’ bathrooms, locker rooms and sports. The Supreme Court correctly rejects intentional discrimination (e.g. affirmative action) as a solution to actual discrimination. Obviously then, intentional discrimination cannot possibly be a remedy to soothe a mere alleged state of mind. Athletics, bath and locker rooms are not psychiatry. LGBT students already have equal access. It is fair to put boys in boys sports, bath and locker rooms. It is unfair and potentially dangerous to force girls to compete against 15-18 year-old boys. Government can do nothing for boys with physical defects who want to compete in sports. A boy with a mere abnormal mental state and full physical capability should not be exalted above everyone else and given an athletic advantage by intentionally discriminating against girls. The alleged discomfort of a boy (sad as it may be) must remain that boy’s burden, not turned into every girl’s discomfort and burden.

    In athletics and life generally, a person becomes better by overcoming mental or physical difficulties (as opposed to demanding a particular outcome). Take, for instance, Anthony Robles. He turned his massive physical disability (born with one leg) into an advantage by being much stronger than his opponents and by using a unique style in wrestling. He left college an NCAA champion. Anthony didn’t lobby or threaten government to hand him an advantage and discriminate against everyone else based on completely dishonest statements about level playing field, equal opportunity, fairness, etc. What you want is not the same as your “right,” especially when what you want intentionally discriminates against others who meet gender qualifications.

  1. March 3, 2015 at 1:32 am
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