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South Dakota GOP governor vetoes bill requiring transgender students use bathroom of birth sex

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PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota’s governor has vetoed a bill that would have required transgender students to use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their sex at birth.

South Dakota would have been the first state to take such a step. But Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard (DOO’-gard) rejected the bill Tuesday after the American Civil Liberties Union and the Human Rights Campaign joined transgender students and adults in calling the legislation discriminatory.

In his veto message, Daugaard wrote that the bill “does not address any pressing issue.”

The Republican-controlled Legislature approved the proposal last month. Supporters said the measure was meant to protect student privacy.

Under the plan, schools would have been required to provide a “reasonable accommodation” for transgender students, such as a single-occupancy bathroom or the “controlled use” of a staff-designated restroom, locker room or shower room.