Mar 22, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Indiana's GOP governor vetoes transgender sports bill

 Eric Holcomb, governor of Indiana, during a meeting with President Biden, business leaders and governors in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, March 9.

Gov. Eric Holcomb of Indiana. Photo: Ting Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) vetoed a bill Monday that would have banned transgender girls from taking part in girls' sports in schools.

Why it matters: Holcomb's action sets him apart from the 11 Republican governors who have in recent years signed similar bills into law, per the New York Times.

Driving the news: Holcomb said in a letter that the bill, H.E.A. 1041, which had been approved by Indiana's Republican-led legislature, would be likely to face legal challenges.

  • He noted that the "presumption of the policy laid out in HEA 1041 is that there is an existing problem in K-12 sports in Indiana that requires further state government intervention." 
  • "It implies that the goals of consistency and fairness in competitive female sports are not currently being met," Holcomb added. "After thorough review, I find no evidence to support either claim even if I support the overall goal."

The big picture: A record number of bills targeting trans youth passed last year. Republicans in at least 25 states introduced over 60 bills targeting transgender children.

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