Louisiana State Senate Fails to Override Governor's Veto of Transgender Athlete Ban

Headline Roundup July 21st, 2021

Republican lawmakers in Louisiana's state Senate Tuesday failed to overturn Gov. John Bel Edwards' (D) veto of a bill that would have prohibited transgender students from participating in public school sports. Edwards rejected the bill that would have required athletes to compete on the team of their biological sex last month. To override a governor's veto, two-thirds of Louisiana's House and Senate must vote against it. While the state Senate voted 26-12 along party lines to override Edwards’s veto, the state House voted 68-30, narrowly missing the 70-vote threshold needed to defeat it. 

The story received wide coverage across the political spectrum. Some coverage from right-rated sources framed the ban as justified; some reports from left-rated outlets framed it as prejudiced. 

From the Right

The Louisiana state legislature failed to garner enough votes to override the Democratic governor John Bel Edwards’ veto of a bill that would prohibit transgender athletes from participating in women’s sports.

The Republican-controlled Louisiana House secured 68 votes, with 30 lawmakers voting against, falling two short of the 70 needed to overturn the veto and enact the legislation. Republicans only hold 68 out of 105 seats in the House chamber, so Democratic votes would have been needed to meet the benchmark, according to The Advocate.

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From the Left

Louisiana's Republican state senators Tuesday narrowly voted to overturn Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards' rejection of a bill prohibiting transgender students from participating in school sports, on the opening day of the first veto session under the state's nearly 50-year-old constitution.

But, with that debate shifting to the House for a final decision, it appeared the transgender sports ban might be the only veto that could be overridden in the historic gathering of the majority-GOP House and Senate

Senators blocked efforts to override a separate measure that would remove the permitting requirements, background check and...

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From the Center

Louisiana lawmakers failed to override Gov. John Bel Edwards’s (D) veto of legislation that would have banned transgender athletes from competing on school sports teams.

Edwards vetoed Senate Bill 156 last month, which would have required athletic teams to allow athletes based on “biological sex.”

In vetoing the bill, Edwards said “discrimination is not a Louisiana value, and this bill was a solution in search of a problem that simply does not exist in Louisiana.”

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