‘Bathroom bill’ sponsor won’t try again during 2019 session

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The sponsor of an unsuccessful bill to restrict the bathrooms South Dakota transgender students could use says he won’t try again when he returns to the Legislature this session.

Incoming Republican Rep. Fred Deutsch told The Associated Press this week that he doesn’t see the urgency under President Donald Trump. Deutsch says he proposed the 2016 bill to push back against federal overreach during the Obama administration.

GOP Gov. Dennis Daugaard vetoed the bill, which critics called discriminatory. Supporters argued it was for student privacy.

Deutsch’s decision comes as a supportive governor will take office in January. Republican Gov.-elect Kristi Noem has said she would have signed the bill.

A key conservative group that previously raised the prospect of pursuing such legislation under a new governor in 2019 didn’t immediately comment.

Associated Press

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