BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Republican-led Senate on Thursday sustained Gov. Doug Burgum’s veto of a bill restricting transgender girls from participating in public elementary and secondary school sports.
Senators voted 28-19 to override the first-term Republican governor, but fell short of the 32 necessary for a two-thirds majority. The vote came after the GOP-led House voted 68-25 to override Burgum earlier Thursday.
The bill last week got a strong 69-25 vote in the House but a narrower 27-20 vote in the Senate.
Burgum argued that the legislation endorsed by the GOP-led Legislature attempts to address a problem that does not exist.
Supporters say the legislation would ensure fairness in girls sports and support Title IX, a 1972 federal law that protects people from sex-based discrimination in school activities that receive federal money.