South Dakota lawmakers revive bill decried by LGBTQ groups

January 27, 2021

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Republican lawmakers have revived a proposed law that would have banned people from changing the sex designation on their birth certificates.

A House committee earlier rejected the bill that LGBTQ advocates decried as an attack on transgender people. Republicans in the House forced the bill to be brought to a vote by the full House through a rarely used legislative procedure known as a “smoke out.” The bill sponsor is Representative Fred Deutsch of Florence. 

Bills that affect transgender people have become a perennial topic in the South Dakota legislature, although transgender advocates say they are making progress and are getting their voices heard.