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South Dakota governor vetoes transgender bill, but orders ban

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) -- A South Dakota bill that would have banned transgender women and girls from female sports was effectively vetoed by Gov. Kristi Noem, but she issued executive orders to enact a limited ban.

Legislators convened in South Dakota's Capitol to take up the only veto by the governor following a legislative session that included more than 200 bills. The bill died after a House vote fell short of the two-thirds majority required to override the veto it received from Noem.

Shortly after the bill died, the governor ordered two executive orders that say only females, based on their biological sex as reflected on their birth certificate, shall participate in girls' or women's sports. These orders include public schools and South Dakota colleges run by the Board of Regents.

Republican lawmakers have said these orders amounted to an effort to salvage her reputation with conservatives. While transgender advocates say the efforts would deprive transgender children of a chance to belong to sports teams.

The two executive orders can be viewed below:

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