(RepublicanInformer.com)- A Minnesota state lawmaker is introducing a bill that could result in criminal charges for athletes who are transgender.
Eric Lucero, a Republican state representative, introduced the bill, H.R. 1657, late last week. What the bill would do, if passed, is ban any transgender athlete from competing in women’s sports.
The proposed legislation says that “male” is defined as a person who has a “heterogametic sex chromosome pair consisting of one X chromosome and one Y chromosome.”
Transgender students who identify as women would be banned from even trying out for a female-only school sport, let alone participating in it. Doing either would result in the student being charged with a petty misdemeanor, which could result in a fine of $300 maximum.
Under the bill, transgender students would be barred from using any communal area that was designed at female only. This includes locker rooms, shower rooms and restrooms.
Any student found in violation of that provision would also face a misdemeanor, but this charge carries a steeper penalty. Students might have to pay a fine of $1,000 or even spend 90 days in prison for violating it.
It’s unlikely that the bill becomes law in Minnesota, though, as the state is controlled by Democrats in both the state House and governor’s mansion.
At the same time, laws regarding transgender students’ participation in youth sports are being considered in other states across the country. In February, the state Senate in Mississippi passed a bill that would ultimately bar transgender athletes from competing in women’s or girls’ sports at K-12 schools and college/universities.
That bill passed through Mississippi’s Senate by a vote of 34-9. Republican Angela Hill, who sponsored the bill, told the Associated Press:
“I’ve had numerous coaches across the state call me and believe that they feel there’s a need for a policy in Mississippi because they are beginning to have some concerns of having to deal with this.”
That bill is headed to the House of Representatives in Mississippi, where Republicans also have the majority.
In his first day in the White House, President Joe Biden signed an executive order that banned discrimination in schools sports that was based on sexual orientation or gender identity. That also applied to workplace and other settings as well.
Tate Reeves, the Republican governor of Mississippi, was one of the people to push back against that executive order. In early February, he put out a series of tweets that read:
“If there’s one thing that we are passionate about in the Reeves family, it’s my daughters’ sports. I know that the lessons learned through team sports have led to so many successful lives and careers for women and have truly helped provide a more equal opportunity for success.
“My girls practice tirelessly. They work hard. They’ve learned how to win and, yes, they’ve learned what it feels like to be on the wrong end of the final score. It’s true bonding — my happiest and proudest Dad moments.
“It is also why I am so disappointed over President Biden’s actions to force young girls like them to compete with biological males for access to athletics. It will limit opportunity for so many competitors like my daughters. It is bad policy and it is wrong for America.
“I don’t understand why politicians are pushing children into transgenderism in the first place. I certainly don’t understand why the President chose to make it a priority. And my heart breaks for the young women across America who will lose in this radical social experiment.”