COLUMBIA, S.C. - This week the South Carolina Senate Education Committee will hear and potentially vote on S. 531 Save Women's Sports Act on March 23, 2022 10:00 a.m. in room 105 at the Gressette Building. This week the topic has been trending nationwide with after Lia Thomas' controversial NCAA championship win this week competing as a woman after previously competing as a man.
The House version of the bill H.3477 is also in the Education Committee. Previously this bill in the 2021 Legislative Session was voted down in the Judiciary Committee, inside sources believe this year the bill has a better chance of passing out of the House Education Committee and getting a floor vote.
Summary: Save Women's Sports Act
A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, SO AS TO ENACT THE "SAVE WOMEN'S SPORTS ACT" BY ADDING SECTION 59-1-500 SO AS TO ENSURE CONTINUED INCLUSIVITY OF FEMALES IN THE SCHOOL SPORTS ARENA BY PROVIDING THAT PUBLIC AND PRIVATE MIDDLE SCHOOL-LEVEL AND HIGH SCHOOL-LEVEL TEAMS AND SPORTS MUST BE DESIGNATED BASED ON BIOLOGICAL SEX, TO PROVIDE THAT TEAMS OR SPORTS DESIGNATED FOR FEMALES MAY BE RESTRICTED TO STUDENTS OF THE FEMALE SEX, TO PROVIDE FOR CERTAIN PROTECTIONS FOR PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS, AND TO PROVIDE CERTAIN RELIEF FOR VIOLATIONS.
In our Summerville News Conversation Facebook Group we took a poll to see how the local community felt about the issue of trans females participating in women's sports. See the results below:
If you'd like to be an advocate on this issue find out and contact your State Legislators to let them know how you feel. Find your legislator here!