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‘Transgender Sports Bill’ returns to ‘ban’ status

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Published: Apr. 12, 2021 at 11:21 AM CDT
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BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR) - After the North Dakota State Senate turned the controversial “Transgender Sports Bill” into a study rather than an actual policy change, both chambers needed to come together to pick which version they would go with.

A small group of lawmakers voted 4 -2 on a hybrid.

Under the newest version, the bill would enact the ban on playing for teams that don’t match a student’s sex as listed on their original birth certificate.

While the policy is in place, the state would conduct a study on the effects it would have on the state, both economically and socially.

“Unfortunately, there’s really no middle ground on this issue. Either we have a policy or we don’t. And if we have a policy, those who don’t like it aren’t going to like it. If we don’t, then the people who think  we should have a policy…it’s just an incredibly difficult issue,” said Sen. Michael Dwyer, R-Bismarck.

As passed, the House version would have changed the rules; but Senators demoted it to a state study without changing any policies.

Both chambers will vote on the newest and final version in the coming days.

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