Florida legislature passes bill banning transgender athletes from school sports

Florida Republicans pushed through a bill in the legislature banning transgender athletes from girl’s and women’s sports at the high school and college level.

Per the Herald Tribune “the move sparked anger and emotional debate from Democrats in the House and Senate, surprised by the language added as a late amendment in the House to charter school legislation.”

Breitbart reported “the state House had earlier approved the bill, but it did not advance in the Florida Senate. Ultimately, the ban was made part of a popular charter school bill and was passed by a vote of 23-16 in the Senate.”

Democratic Senatior Victor Torres, who has a transgender granddaughter said “If they want to play, let them play, there’s nothing to stop them.”

“We thought it was dead, but obviously some don’t care,” he added.

The bill now will be reviewed by Republican Governor Ron DeSantis and is expected to become law when he signs it.

Simliar bills have been passed in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.