Politics Florida House passes bill banning transgender female athletes from women's teams
Arkansas governor vetoes bill preventing gender-affirming care for transgender youths
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson vetoed a bill that passed the state General Assembly and would have blocked transgender minors from receiving gender-affirming care. © Provided by Washington Examiner Hutchinson announced that he wouldn't sign House Bill 1570 during a press conference on Monday, saying that the bill, "while well-intended, is off course." If the bill were to become law, it would create “new standards of legislative interference with physicians and parents as they deal with some of the most complex and sensitive matters involving young people.
Florida's state House on Wednesday passed a that would ban transgender female athletes from joining women's public school and college sports teams.
The "Fairness in Women's Sports Act," if signed into law, would require that sports team eligibility be based on a student's "biological sex," which refers to the sex assigned at birth.
The bill adds that "under certain circumstances," schools and institutions would be required to "request a certain health examination and consent form or other statement from the student's health care provider to verify the student's biological sex."
Trans women targeted in sports bans, but are they really at an advantage?
As more laws against transgender women and girls in women's sports pop up, are they really at an athletic advantage? “I did cross-country as well and kind of realized this is my thing,” Hecox, of Boise, Idaho, told ABC News’ Kayna Whitworth. “I’m good at it, I like it, and I’m going to continue doing it, because I wanted to really get better.
The intent of the legislation, according to the text, is to "maintain opportunities for female athletes to demonstrate their skill, strength, and athletic abilities," in addition to providing them with opportunities to receive various recognitions and accolades.
The bill also aims to "promote sex equality by requiring the designation of separate sex-specific athletic teams or sports."
The legislation passed through the state House in a mostly party-line vote of 77 to 40. All Republicans present for the vote supported the legislation, and one Democrat crossed party lines and voted for the bill, .
Attention will now turn to the Republican-controlled Senate, where a similar bill is being considered.
As Arkansas bans treatments for transgender youth, 15 other states consider similar bills
Arkansas became the first state to ban gender-confirmation treatments for transgender minors. Fifteen other states are considering similar laws.The state's mostly Republican legislature voted to override Gov. Asa Hutchinson's veto of House Bill 1570, which limits access to certain treatments for youth younger than 18 years old. The new law prohibits doctors from providing gender confirming hormone therapy, puberty blockers or gender-confirmation surgeries or from referring patients to other health care providers.
Legislation limiting participation for transgender athletes have sprung up in a number of states across the country.
Last month, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) the year's first ban on transgender athletes participating in women's sports in public schools, which is set to go into effect on July 1.
On Monday, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for transgender athletes, announcing in a that it would not host college championships in states where laws discriminate against them.
"When determining where championships are held, NCAA policy directs that only locations where hosts can commit to providing an environment that is safe, healthy and free of discrimination should be selected," NCAA wrote.
"The NCAA Board of Governors firmly and unequivocally supports the opportunity for transgender student-athletes to compete in college sports," the association added.
'Bathroom bill' allowing students, teachers to reject shared restrooms with transgender peers clears Tennessee Senate .
The Senate bill, which includes slightly different language, is expected to pass the House and head to Gov. Bill Lee's desk.A similar measure passed the House 65-24 on Monday. The Senate bill, which includes slightly different language, is expected to pass the House and head to Gov. Bill Lee's desk.