(Indianapolis, IN) - A local state lawmaker helped override a veto by the governor of legislation supporters describe as protecting the integrity of girls' sports.
House Enrolled Act 1041 will go into effect after republicans in the House and Senate on Tuesday overturned the veto of the measure by Governor Eric Holcomb. The measure bans transgender girls in grades K-12 from participating in school sports.
"There have been many instances across the country of biological males competing in women's sports and winning competitions. I supported this veto override because Hoosier girls should be able to compete on a level playing field without worrying about their opportunities unfairly being taken away," said State Representative Jim Pressel, a Republican from Rolling Prairie, Indiana.
Supporters of the bill say transgender females have an unfair advantage over traditional girls because their bodies are male. Indiana will join 16 other states that have similar laws.