SOUTH DAKOTA HOUSE FAILS TO OVERRIDE TRANSGENDER BILL VETO

SOUTH DAKOTA HOUSE FAILS TO OVERRIDE TRANSGENDER BILL VETO

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The primary sponsor of vetoed legislation that would have limited the bathrooms that South Dakota transgender students could use says he plans to return next year with a similar bill.

The state House failed Thursday to override Governor Dennis Daugaard’s veto of the measure.

Republican Rep. Fred Deutsch says he’s hopeful such a bill could pass through the Legislature next session.

Deutsch had asked his colleagues Thursday not to try to override the veto, saying it should “die a dignified death.”

After the failed House vote, he said supporters should come back with a “better, stronger bill.”

The override attempt needed two-thirds support in the House, but supporters didn’t get enough votes Thursday.