Jun 23, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Louisiana governor vetoes transgender sports bill

Gov. John Bel Edwards talks to media at the Case Closed Barbershop on November 15, 2019 in New Orleans

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards. Photo: Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) on Tuesday vetoed a Republican-backed bill that would have banned transgender women from participating in girl's and women's school and college sports.

Details: "As I have said repeatedly when asked about this bill, discrimination is not a Louisiana value, and this bill was a solution in search of a problem that simply does not exist in Louisiana," Edwards said in a statement countering the bill's supporters who say they're trying to protect female athletes from unfair competition.

  • "Even the author of the bill acknowledged throughout the legislative session that there wasn't a single case where this was an issue."

The big picture: Republicans in at least 25 states have introduced a record 60-plus bills targeting transgender youth this year.

What to watch: While Edwards' action prevents the bill from becoming law for now, lawmakers in the GOP-controlled House and Senate could override the veto — as happened in Arkansas in April over a bill that criminalizes gender-affirming care for transgender children.

  • The last veto override session in Louisiana under the current constitution occurred in 1974, AP notes.
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