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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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The dust has settled at the state Capitol on the 2021 legislative session.

State of play: 169 bills approved by the General Assembly became law on Tuesday.

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Why it matters: While the Biden administration has been taking an all-of-government approach to climate change, like factoring climate risk into planning at the Treasury Department, today's moves by the politically independent Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) carry significant weight.

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Why it matters: Last month the International Criminal Court (ICC) formally authorized an investigation into alleged crimes against humanity during Duterte's war on drugs.