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South Dakota governor to meet with transgender people

February 22, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard plans to meet with a group of transgender people before he decides whether to make South Dakota the first state in the U.S. to require schoolchildren to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their sex at birth.

Daugaard’s office said Monday that the meeting will take place Tuesday.

A Sioux Falls nonprofit, the Center for Equality, asked for the meeting. Its director of operations, Ashley Joubert-Gaddis, said the request was in response to Daugaard saying that he hadn’t knowingly met a transgender person.

Daugaard hasn’t said if he plans to sign the bill into law. The measure would require schools to make a “reasonable accommodation” for transgender children.

A spokeswoman says Daugaard has met with the bill’s sponsors.

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