KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas Senate on Tuesday passed SB484 banning transgender athletes from participating in women’s sports.
By a vote of 27 to 12, the Senate passed the bill, which will now go to the House of Representatives for a vote.
The title of the bill reads, “Decree of Fairness in Women’s Sports Act to Require Student Sports Teams to Include Only Members of Same Biological Sex Unless Designated as Female Students.”
The law, if enacted, would affect any team or sport sponsored by a public elementary, secondary or post-secondary institution.
“Sports teams or sports intended for women, females or girls shall not be open to male students,” the bill reads.
The Board of Education is the sponsor of SB484.
After the vote, Senator Tom Holland made very brief comments about his vote against the bill.
“The Kansas legislature must stop bullying transgender children,” Holland said.
Several other senators echoed Holland’s comments.
Senator Jeff Pittman, representing the Leavenworth area, also spoke after his vote against the bill. He said competitive high school and college sports are already governed by both the Kansas State High School Activities Association and the Kansas State High School Activities Association NCAAand the legislature should heed their rules.
Pittman also mentioned the potential economic impact if this bill were to go into effect.
“It poses economic risks for Kansas in terms of factoring against us for NCAA, FIFA and other tournaments,” Pittman said.
So far, 11 other states have enacted bans on transgender athletes competing in women’s sports.