Gov. Kristi Noem vetos transgender sports bill and instead issues two executive orders to protect athletes

Noem has angered those in her own base who are accusing her of caving to the left

South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristie Noem issued two executive orders meant to take the place of a transgender sports bill that the state’s House of Representatives passed while rejecting her “style and form” revisions.

Noem made the announcement on Monday after being criticized by many on the right for trying to revise the Women’s Fairness in Sports bill in order to avoid costly litigation in the future from transgender activists. Her critics said the revisions would effectively gut the protections intended for biologically female athletes.

“Only girls should play girls’ sports. Given the legislature’s failure to accept my proposed revisions to HB 1217, I am immediately signing two executive orders to address this issue: one to protect fairness in K-12 athletics, and another to do so in college athletics,” said Noem.