- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 1, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota’s governor faces a Tuesday deadline to make a decision about a bill that would require transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their sex at birth.

Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard hasn’t said what he plans to do with the proposal. If he signs the legislation, or allows it to take effect without his signature, South Dakota would become the first state in the nation with such a law.

The American Civil Liberties Union and the Human Rights Campaign have condemned the legislation as discriminatory, but Republican supporters say it’s meant to protect the privacy of students.

Under the legislation, schools would be required to make a “reasonable accommodation” for transgender students, such as single-occupancy bathroom.

The state’s Republican-controlled Legislature approved the plan in February.



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