After saying she was “excited” to sign HB 1217 days ago, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has instead sent the bill back to the legislature with recommendations for changes in “style” and “form.”
The House Bill will ban biological males from playing in female sport teams. It also declares there are only two genders — and it lists “inherent” differences between the two.
“I believe that boys should play boys’ sports, and girls should play girls’ sports. I’m returning House Bill 1217 with the following recommendations as to STYLE and FORM,” Noem tweeted Saturday.
The bill was sent to her desk on March 10 and until yesterday, rumors spread the governor may veto the bill.
In a twitter thread, the governor lists many changes she wants made to the bill. Mainly adding specifics and more detailed rules in the bill.
“Unfortunately, as I have studied this legislation and conferred with legal experts over the past several days, I have become concerned that this bill’s vague and overly broad language could have significant unintended consequences,” Noem tweeted Saturday.
“I support this legislation and hope that House Bill 1217, with the changes I am proposing, becomes law,” she tweeted.
The Daily Caller reported yesterday that Noem was “wavering” in her support. The Twitter thread showed this in Noem’s requests for specifics surrounding performance-enhancing drugs and college athletics.
As recently as March 8 Noem had said she was “excited to sign this bill very soon.”
Whether the legislature will make the changes and Noem will put her signature on paper has yet to be seen.
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According to reports from Fox News, Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz from Florida called for a forceful denouncement of sexual violence and condemning any attempt to create moral equivalence between Hamas and the Israeli Defense Force (IDF). The accusations of rape and sexual assault have sparked concern about the well-being of Israelis still held hostage by Hamas.
During her appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Jayapal faced scrutiny for not outright condemning Hamas for the alleged acts, instead emphasizing the broader impact of war on women.
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