SD House Votes To Ban Teaching Gender Dysphoria In K-7 Grades

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Conservative members of the South Dakota Legislature notched a victory Tuesday.

The state House of Representatives said public schools can’t teach about gender dysphoria — that is, confusion about whether a person is a boy or a girl — in kindergarten through grade seven.

The vote was 39-30 in favor of HB 1108.

Representative Tom Pischke, a Dell Rapids Republican, was prime sponsor.

It passed despite opposition from groups representing school teachers, school administrators, school boards, retail businesses and human rights advocates.

The Senate takes up the legislation next.

Senator Phil Jensen, a Rapid City Republican, is lead sponsor there.

Jensen said Tuesday evening he expects a majority of Senate Education Committee members will vote to kill it.

Jensen said he plans to revive it through a legislative procedure, known as a smoke-out, to force the committee to send the bill to the Senate floor.

He expects to have more than the 12 senators that the Legislature’s rules require for that.

“Just to make a statement,” Jensen said. “On the floor vote we should have probably 21, 22 votes.”

Jensen believes Governor Kristi Noem probably would make it law.

“I highly suspect the governor will sign it,” Jensen said.

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