- Associated Press - Monday, January 30, 2017

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A bill in South Dakota that would restrict the locker rooms that transgender students can use is about to get its first test.

A Senate committee is to hear the measure Tuesday. It would require public school students to use the locker rooms, shower rooms and changing facilities matching their gender at birth.

The proposal is similar to one Gov. Dennis Daugaard vetoed last year that also applied to bathrooms. The Republican said last week he’d veto this year’s bill too if it gets to his desk.

Republican Sen. Lance Russell, the main sponsor of the bill, says he’s interested in protecting all students. Critics say the legislation is discriminatory.

Under the bill, schools could provide other accommodations, like single-occupancy restrooms, under special circumstances.

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