Kristi Noem Breaks Word, Vetoes Women’s Sports Bill
Today, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem announced she would be issuing a “Style and Form” veto on HB 1217, legislation which would have prohibited biological males from competing in female athletics in the state’s schools.
This was a reversal of her commitment last week to sign the bill.
In response, American Principles Project president Terry Schilling released the following statement:
“We are extremely disappointed to see Gov. Noem break her word on this critical legislation. For more than a week, Noem’s office has frozen out advocates of HB 1217 and instead taken advice from the bill’s most vocal critics, which include the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and the South Dakota Board of Regents.
“Gov. Noem’s veto would scrap the vast majority of the bill text and would strip protections for female athletes in collegiate sports in the state. Additionally, it would eliminate all reasonable enforcement mechanisms, neutering the legislation so much as to render it meaningless. All the while, Noem continues to claim dubiously that she still supports the bill, hoping South Dakotans will ignore the fact she was responsible for killing it.
“By standing with Joe Biden and the radical left against protecting women’s sports, Noem has irreparably damaged her standing with both her own constituents as well as Americans nationally who have been looking to her for bold leadership. This betrayal will have political consequences.”
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