Associated Press, sponsors of the bill were able to flip 10 GOP lawmakers in the House and five in the Senate who previously voted against the ban.On Tuesday, Cox became the second Republican governor this week to veto his state’s anti-trans sports bill, which targeted trans girls from participating in school sports.In his veto letter to lawmakers, he called attention to the mental health impact the law would have on trans youth.The Utah governor shared the letter on Twitter. “I know most won’t read past a headline but please read my veto letter—especially if you disagree with me.
The veto will be overridden on Friday and then we will have a special session to fix a few things. Trans sports is a terribly difficult issue,” he wrote. “Please be kind to everyone.” The state’s business leaders said that the ban could have a multimillion-dollar economic impact, including losing the NBA All-Star Game next year, the AP reports.With the override, Utah has become the 12th state to enact some type of ban on trans kids playing in sports.
The law will go into effect on July 1.Lawmakers, including Republican sponsor Rep. Kera Birkeland, had previously been considering a bill that would set up a commission to determine trans student athletes’ eligibility to compete under their gender identity.
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