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A transgender flag unfurled outside the Supreme Court in 2018. Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images

14 state legislatures are considering bills that would limit transgender students' participation in athletics, according to the Human Rights Campaign.

Why it matters: Though legislatures have halted action on the bills because of the coronavirus pandemic and national protests over the death of George Floyd, they may resume consideration in upcoming special sessions.

What they're saying: "It's not over," HRC's state legislative director Cathryn Oakley told Axios. "We don't know what special sessions will hold."

  • "If they say, 'You know, we were only in session for a month so consider this a new general session,' I anticipate we'll see these bills pop back up."
  • Oakley said she expects that some special sessions will begin in late July.

By the numbers: Oakley said 66 anti-transgender bills have been introduced in state legislatures so far in the legislative session — the most filed in one year. Of those, 25 anti-transgender sports bills are still active.

  • The states considering the bills are Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee and Washington.

Proponents of the bills believe transgender athletes endanger federal funding of women's sports at all levels because trans women may have a biological advantage over competitors.

  • Opponents argue the laws, if enacted, would bar students from joining sports and would expose them to invasive tests if their gender is challenged.

The big picture: Idaho Gov. Brad Little (R) signed a bill in March that bans transgender women from competing in all women’s sports teams sponsored by public schools, colleges and universities.

  • The American Civil Liberties Union filed a suit against the law, saying it violates the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause and a student's Fourth Amendment protections against invasions of privacy.
  • Attorney General William Barr backed the bill in a statement on the lawsuit, saying the Constitution does not require Idaho to provide the "special treatment … under which biological males are allowed to compete against biological females if and only if the biological males are transgender."

Go deeper: HHS rolls back Obama-era transgender health care protections

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N.Y., N.J. and Conn. to require travelers from 31 states to quarantine

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Travelers from 31 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are now required to quarantine for 14 days when traveling to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

What's new: Hawaii, South Dakota and the Virgin Islands were added to the travel advisory list on Tuesday, while Alaska, Ohio, New Mexico and Rhode Island were removed, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

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Kellyanne Conway addresses the 2020 Republican National Convention. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

Kellyanne Conway has seen power exercised as a pollster, campaign manager and senior counselor to President Trump. Now that his term in office has concluded, she shared her thoughts with Axios.

Why it matters: If there's a currency in this town, it's power, so we've asked several former Washington power brokers to share their best advice as a new administration and new Congress settle in.

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Screenshot of emails to a member of Congress from individuals who signed an Americans for Limited Government petition against Rep. Liz Cheney. Photo obtained by Axios

Pro-Trump holdouts in the House are forging ahead with an uphill campaign to oust Rep. Liz Cheney as head of the chamber's Republican caucus even though Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told them to back down.

Why it matters: What happens next will be a test of McCarthy's party control and the sincerity of his opposition to the movement. Cheney (R-Wyo.) is seen as a potential leadership rival to the California Republican.