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NIRSA Survey Aims to Understand Legislation's Impact on Transwomen's Participation in Sport

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The Government Affairs Committee continues to track the bills targeting transgender sport participation as they make their way through the legislative process. It’s been a month since we last updated the list of bills and where they were in the process, and, my oh my, what a month can do to change things! While many state legislatures have ended, or are nearing the end of, their current congressional sessions, these bills are still present.

To help provide a sense of scope, the following lists notes active bills in each state; those specifying intramural and sport club participation are indicated with **.

  • Alabama
    • HB 391 Delivered to the Governor 4/20/21
  • Arkansas**
    • SJR 16 Read for 2nd time and referred to committee 2/10/21
    • SB 354 Signed by Governor 3/29/21
    • SB 450 Signed by Governor 4/29/21
  • Arizona**
    • SJR 16 Read for second time with amendment and re-referred to committee 2/23/21
    • SB354 Read for 2nd time and referred to committee 2/23/21
  • Connecticut:
    • SB 324 Referred to committee 1/25/21
    • HB 6128 Referred to committee 1/29/21
  • Florida**
    • HB 935 Died in subcommittee 4/30/21
    • HB 1475 Died in committee 4/30/21
    • SB 2012 Died in committee 4/30/21
  • Georgia: **
    • HB 276 Read for 2nd time 2/8/21
    • HB 372 Read for 2nd time 2/11/21
    • SB 266 Read for 2nd time 3/5/21
  • Hawaii
    • HB 1204 Referred to committee 2/1/21
  • Idaho
    • Passed and Enacted; Overturned on appeal
  • Iowa**
    • HF 184 Introduced and referred to committee 1/22/21
  • Kansas**
    • SB 208 Passed as amended in Senate 3/17/21; Introduced and referred to committee in House 3/19/21
  • Kentucky**
    • SB 106 Died in committee 4/2/21
    • HB 471 Died in committee 4/2/21
    • Louisiana
      • HB 542 Referred to committee 4/12/21
      • SB 156 Passed in Senate 5/5/21; Received from Senate in House 5/5/21
    • Maine**
      • HP 682 Referred to House and Senate committee 3/10/21
    • Michigan
      • SB 218 Referred to committee 3/10/21
    • Minnesota:
      • HF 350 Referred to committee 3/10/21
      • HF 352 Referred to committee 1/28/21
      • HF 1657 Referred to committee 2/25/21
    • Missouri: **
      • HB 1077 Referred to committee 2/18/21
      • HJR 56 Referred to committee 2/18/21
      • SB 503 Read for the 2nd time and referred to committee 3/4/21
    • Mississippi **
      • SB 2536 Passed and signed by Governor 3/11/21
    • Montana**
      • HB 112 Passed and transmitted to Governor 5/4/21
    • New Hampshire**
      • HB 198 Committee hearing scheduled 3/9/21
    • New Jersey
      • S 3540 Introduced and referred to committee 3/11/21
    • North Dakota
      • HB 1298 Vetoed by Governor; Veto overridden in House 4/22/21; Veto sustained in Senate 4/22/21
    • New Mexico**
      • HB 304 Referred to committee 2/4/21
    • Ohio**
      • HB 61 Referred to committee 2/4/21
      • SB 132 Referred to committee 3/17/21
    • Oklahoma**
      • SB 331 Read for 2nd time and referred to committee 2/2/21
      • SB 2 Passed in Senate 3/1/21; Passed in House 4/20/21
    • Pennsylvania
      • HB 972 Referred to committee 4/5/21
    • South Dakota – ** Passed House/Senate; Vetoed by Governor 3/29/21, executive orders provided for parts of the bill
    • South Carolina
      • SB 531 Referred to committee 2/9/21
    • Tennessee
      • HB 3 Passed and signed by Governor 3/26/21
      • SB 228 Passed and signed by Governor 3/26/21
    • Texas: **
      • SB 29 Passed in Senate 4/15/21; Considered in public hearing 5/4/21
      • SB 373 Read for first time and referred to committee 3/9/21
      • HB 1458 Read for first time and referred to committee 3/5/21
      • HB 3455 Read for first time and referred to committee 3/22/21
      • HB 4042 Left pending in committee 4/20/21
      • HB 4043 Read for first time and referred to committee 3/29/21
    • Utah
      • HB 302 Died in committee 3/5/21
    • West Virginia: **
      • HB 2141 Referred to committee 2/10/21
      • HB 2676 Referred to committee 2/23/21
      • HB 2734 Referred to committee 2/24/21
      • HB 3292 Signed by Governor 4/28/21
      • SB 341Referred to committee 2/18/21
    • Wisconsin
      • AB 195 Introduced, read for first time and referred to committee 3/25/21
      • AB 196 Introduced, read for first time and referred to committee 3/25/21
      • SB 322 Read for first time and referred to committee 4/22/21
      • SB 323 Read for first time and referred to committee 4/22/21

While we are tracking the status of these bills on a state level, we’ve also been keeping an eye on this legislation from a federal level, such as US SB S.251.

What does all this mean? Well, that some states are moving quickly, others have stalled, and others have “killed” the bills. However, it’s clear that this is an issue that will be in legislative conversations for some time. It’s important to understand what is happening in your state as this will help you support your students if the laws affect them and will help you manage your programs.

The Government Affairs Committee would like to know if this issue is affecting your programming, your students, or your campus so we can better serve you and provide you with information.

In order to help the membership, we are asking you to please answer a few short questions so we can gauge the amount/type of information to provide. Please take our survey today!

Yvette Kell is currently the Director of Campus Recreation, CENTERS, LLC at the University of Missouri-St Louis. She is Chair of the Government Affairs Committee.

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