South Carolina’s ‘Save Women’s Sports Act’ Sent to Governor’s Desk

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South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster will have the choice to sign a bill barring biological males from competing in female sports. Referred to as the Save Women’s Sports Act, the legislation would require sports groups at public schools to observe gender-based or coeducational classifications.

“Sports teams designated for males shall not be open to students of the female sex unless not team designated for females in that sport is offered at that school in which the student is enrolled,” reads House Bill 4608. “Teams designated for females shall not be open to students of the male sex.”

The bill also licenses female-only wrestling teams.

A student athlete’s sex is to be identified based upon the sex noted on his/her birth certificate.

The bill’s stated objective is “to maintain opportunities for female athletes to demonstrate their strength, skills, and athletic abilities, and to provide them with opportunities to obtain recognition and accolades, college scholarships, and numerous other long-term benefits that result from participating and competing in athletic endeavors.”

HB 4608 was introduced in the South Carolina House on Jan. 11.

Democrats in the house included more than 1,000 modifications in an effort to block the bill and stall. The changes, which filled 4 boxes, postponed the chamber’s vote by a number of hours. The chamber similarly required to be left for a tornado caution, triggering the argument to exceed 8 hours.

Ultimately, the House voted 82-28 on April 5 to pass the legislation.

Similar guidelines are currently in place in Florida, Mississippi, South Dakota, and Utah, where the Governor’s veto was bypassed by the state legislature to end up being law.

A Save Women’s Sports bill was vetoed by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb on March 23, per The Daily Caller.

The South Carolina Senate passed HB 4608 on May 4, following a 30-10 vote.

In March, the Senate Education Committee had advanced a variation of the policy that prohibited biological males from competing in women’s groups at all public schools, public colleges, and independent schools contending in high and middle school sports. An earlier variation of the bill utilized the gender-based restriction just for groups at public intermediate schools and high schools.

HB 4608 uses its gender requirement specifically for public schools and personal companies that complete versus public schools. It similarly no longer consists of specs about what schools or trainees could be granted in civil court.

McMaster’s signature will determine the gender ban’s fate. The state’s legislative season ends on May 13 at 5 P.M.

H/T Timcast

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