Noem pushes changes to transgender sports ban

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem has suggested language changes in a bill to ban transgender girls and women from participation in girls’ or women’s sports leagues in order to limit the ban to high school and elementary schools.

The governor had initially tweeted she was “excited to sign” the bill after it passed the Legislature. But she sent the bill back to lawmakers with suggested changes to the bill that would exclude college sports from the proposal.

The governor will address the topic at a news conference at 10:30 this morning in Sioux Falls, where she’ll be joined by four-time LPGA Player of the Year Nancy Lopez, former NFL football player Jack Brewer and other athletes.