Transgender sports bills go through despite weather warnings
COLUMBIA, SC (AP) — South Carolina Democrats have lined up more than 1,000 amendments in a symbolic attempt to delay a vote on a bill that would ban transgender students from playing women’s or women’s sports in schools and colleges. public.
Between the four boxes of amendments and a tornado warning that emptied the hemicycle, they stretched Tuesday’s debate for nearly seven hours. But the Republican majority won, passing the bill by an 82-28 vote around 9:15 p.m.
The legislation would require athletes to compete with the gender listed on their birth certificates.
A dozen states have already passed similar legislation.
The bill needs another routine approval before heading to the state Senate.
Bill to dismiss Univ. of SC administrators is on the House fast track
COLUMBIA, SC (AP) — A proposal to fire all trustees from the University of South Carolina board of trustees has been put on the fast track by the South Carolina House.
Tuesday’s decision came a week after a hearing in which lawmakers made no secret of their anger over the spending and what they felt was interference in day-to-day affairs.
House Speaker Jay Lucas introduced the bill and asked him to skip committee and go straight to the House floor. The bill reduces the number of voting members from 20 to 13 and ejects all trustees from the board at the end of June 2023. It also redraws districts for trustees using US House districts instead of judicial districts.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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