Thursday, October 28, 2021

Play

Authorities say the projectile that killed a cinematographer on a film set was a live round, plus Pennsylvania's Commonwealth Court will hear arguments about the fairness of the state's school funding system.

Play

Republicans skewer President Biden over rising energy prices, Biden taps Washington GOP Secretary of State Kim Wyman to oversee election security, and the U.S. pushes to have WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange extradited.

Play

Heeding grandma's advice on COVID vaccine; restoring traditional health practices in native communities; agri-therapy for veterans suffering post-traumatic stress; and how myths, monsters and legends spur tourism. Available for download every Wednesday at 3pm MT.

FL Republicans Ban Transgender Athletes, Send Bill to Governor

Play

Friday, April 30, 2021   

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Last-minute maneuvering by Republican lawmakers revived a bill that would ban transgender girls and women from playing on public school teams intended for student athletes born as girls.

The measure, Senate Bill 2012, was not expected to survive - even its sponsor, Sen. Kelli Stargel, R- Lakeland, conceded there wasn't enough time to save it in this final week of session.

But in a surprise move, House and Senate Republicans attached the transgender ban to a wide-ranging charter schools bill and passed it Wednesday. Jon Harris Maurer, public policy director with the group Equality Florida said he's disappointed to see how far some went to upend the legislative process.

"The whole process has been manipulated to rush forward this bill," said Maurer. "And, for the first time in 23 years, the Florida Legislature has passed blatantly anti-LGBTQ policy, and its most directed attack to date on the transgender community."

Despite opposition from Democrats saying it was in violation of rules, the bill passed and now awaits the governor's signature. Maurer said he hopes Gov. Ron DeSantis will listen to the pleas of transgender youth, or consider the economic repercussions, and veto the bill.

Maurer described the bill as "a problem in search of a problem." He said there has been no issue outside of a national, coordinated effort by conservatives to ban transgender athletes.

"For nearly a decade, both the NCAA and the Florida High School Athletic Association have already had policies in place that are working that allowed transgender students to participate in athletics," said Maurer. "And in all that time, there have been zero formal complaints about those processes."

The measure was watered down to exclude a requirement that transgender athletes in high schools and colleges undergo testosterone or genetic testing, as well as submit to genital exams.

Proponents say the bill is necessary to maintain competitive equity in scholastic sports in Florida. Maurer said if the bill becomes law, his group and others to use "every tool available" to fight it.


get more stories like this via email
In a new poll, just 10% of Marylanders said they disapproved of Gov. Larry Hogan's handling of COVID-19. (Marylandgovpics/Flickr)

Health and Wellness

BALTIMORE, Md. -- As the drive for Marylanders to get COVID-19 booster shots continues, a new poll found a huge swath of residents said they are …


Social Issues

NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa -- New FBI data show an increase in hate crimes in Iowa. Locally, ordinances have been crafted to ensure more protections for …

Environment

SALT LAKE CITY -- If you went camping on Utah's public lands this past summer, you were not alone, literally. A new survey shows a major increase …


To draw Hollywood to New Mexico, the state reimburses filmmakers 25% of everything they spend. (riograndefoundation.org)

Social Issues

SANTA FE, N.M. -- The sheriff of Santa Fe County said the projectile that killed a cinematographer on a movie set last week was a "suspected live …

Social Issues

MADISON, Wis. -- Details are still being sorted out in the Biden administration's spending plan for boosting social programs. In Wisconsin, those …

The school-funding lawsuit will be heard in the Pennsylvania Judicial Center in Harrisburg and is expected to run through December. (Wikimedia Commons)

Social Issues

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- With nearly two weeks to go until the Commonwealth Court hears arguments about whether Pennsylvania's school funding system is …

Social Issues

DENVER -- Farm to School programs are beginning to bounce back after last year's COVID closures, and more than half the state's 178 school districts …

Health and Wellness

NEW YORK -- Although New York and the country as a whole saw some progress surrounding the health of children and women, a new report showed there is …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021