Iowa and Kentucky became the latest states to pass bills impacting transgender youth on Thursday, Mar. 16. The bills have different focuses, but both are expected to become law.
The Iowa bill would ban transgender students from using a public school restroom that aligns with their gender identity. Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) is expected to sign it. Similar so-called “bathroom bills” have been passed and/or signed into law in Arkansas, Alabama, Oklahoma and Tennessee.
The Kentucky bill would ban gender affirming care for transgender kids. Similar bills have been signed into law in Mississippi, South Dakota and Utah.
Unlike Iowa, Kentucky has a Democratic governor who is expected to veto the trans youth bill. However, state lawmakers passed the bill ahead of a Thursday deadline that allows them to override the veto.
Passage came following intense debate in the state legislature. A slimmed-down version of the bill had stalled in the Senate earlier this week.
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