Lots of activity, in not much time. Let us begin.
1.) State’s Fights.
Because it’s where all the activity is, let’s highlight the veto fight.
Passed House 24FEB
Passed Senate 08MAR
Vetoed “for style and form” 29MAR
Veto override failed that day.
This one is pretty close to dead. According to a story in the Grand Rapids Herald, there isn’t much “appetite” to take up the bill again in the Senate. South Dakota’s Republican Governor, Kristi Noem, did release two executive orders on the subject, but neither of them have much teeth behind them.
But the odds of this bill passing any time this year have crashed.
Also, despite the fact that it’s doomed to fail, let’s talk about a newcomer to the SLB. Please welcome:
The bill is, as mentioned, doomed to a veto by the Governor, but it is worth bringing up.
Here’s where everything else stands:
ARKANSAS: SB 354
MISSISSIPPI: SB 2536
TENNSESSE: HB 3, SB 228
ARIZONA: Senate Bill 1637
CONNECTICUT: SB 324
IOWA: HF 184, HF 334
KENTUCKY: HB 471, SB 106
MINESSOTA: SF 96, HF 352, HF 350
MISSOURI: HB 1077
NEW HAMPSHIRE: HB 198
NEW MEXICO: HB 304
OHIO: HB 61
SOUTH CAROLINA: H3477, H4153, S0531
TEXAS: HB 1458
WEST VIRGINIA: HB 2734, HB 2141
GEORGIA: HB 276, HB 372, SB 266 (Sine Die. The Session is over)
UTAH: HB 302 (Session over)
House Bill 391:
Passed House 18MAR
Read in Senate 01APR
Passed Senate 17MAR
Introduced in the House 19MAR
Bouncing between the chambers. Currently in the Senate as of 01APR.
Passed House 11FEB
Amended version pasted Senate 29MAR
Currently in Committee between the two chambers.
2.) Congress Equality Act.
According to the Library of Congress’ official database, the House version of the Equality Act has been motionless since it passed in February, and the Senate version has only been introduced.
3.) Final thoughts.
Nobody ever said that this was going to move fast.
Nobody ever said that this was going to be easy.
We’ve seen a remarkable backlash in South Dakota (which, admittedly, proved to be quite successful) against these bills. The outrage pressure mirrors that which Georgia is seeing in regards to the election integrity bill.
Much like in Georgia, the controversy is predicated purely in politics, not in the substance of the bills. (Governor Kemp, to his immense credit, has been on a media tour countering what he calls “disinformation.”) Kemp, however does not seem keen to bow to any sort of pressure.
South Dakota, however, is a case study in how the opposition will respond, and where they will apply pressure in order to kill bans on men participating in women’s sports.
The science is clear, as are the consequences.
It’s the pressure that will be the real issue.
It is, truthfully, the only tactic the opposition has in fight to defend their platform.