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Transgender Veto Could Be Overturned

(La Porte County, IN) - State lawmakers could override the veto from the governor on a controversial piece of legislation.


The legislature last month voted in favor of a measure to ban transgender athletes from competing against girls in school sports. Governor Eric Holcomb, a Republican, went against his party and vetoed that legislation this week.


State Representative Jim Pressel of Rolling Prairie said he and many other Republicans support the ban. Pressel said there’s no way a girl can compete with a transgender female with a biologically male body. Pressel said an override is likely if the vetoed legislation is presented to lawmakers in the House and Senate during a late May session of the legislature.


“I would think the General Assembly will override that veto if it gets brought back up on correctional day,” Pressel stated.

It takes a simple majority of lawmakers in both the house and senate to override the governor. Republicans, who overwhelmingly supported the ban, have a roughly 2 to 1 supermajority advantage over Democrats who oppose the ban. Democrats, like Governor Holcomb, believe this issue is better solved through the IHSAA instead of the legislator. 

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