Transgender Birth Certificate Bill Rejected By SD Senate Committee

  A South Dakota Senate committee Friday unanimously rejected a bill banning  transgender people from changing the sex designation on their birth certificates.

Committee members said the bill was unnecessary and would have made life much harder for transgender people.

     The bill was passed by the House last week in a vote that divided the Republicans who dominate the Legislature, but all the GOP senators on the Health and Human Services Committee opposed its passage

     Laws that affect transgender people have become perennial battles in the South Dakota legislature.