Rep. Roger Hunt, R-Brandon, lost in one committee Wednesday but won in another committee an hour later in his efforts to bring more control by the Legislature over the South Dakota High School Activities Association. The House Education Committee on a vote of 8-5 killed his measure, HB 1111, that sought to make the association subject to state government’s rule-making process and the Legislature’s rule-review process. But in the room next door, the House State Affairs Committee voted 10-3 for an amended version of his bill, HB 1112, that now would require the association to get approval from the Legislature for its transgender participation policy. The full House of Representatives could take up HB 1112 as early as Friday afternoon.
Among those watching the State Affairs hearing was Sen. Jenna Haggar, R-Sioux Falls. Among those who testified for HB 1112 was Linda Schauer, representing the Concerned Women For America (at right in photo). Among those who spoke against it were Rob Munson, executive director for the School Administrators of South Dakota, (shown speaking to Mitch Richter in audience) and Terri Bruce of Rapid City (shown on one of the room’s video screens), who said: “I was born female but my gender identity is male.”