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Arizona House approves bill that would bar transgender girls from girls’ sports teams
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Arizona House approves bill that would bar transgender girls from girls’ sports teams

The Arizona House of Representatives approved a bill on Tuesday that would prohibit transgender women and girls from playing on female school sports teams.

House Bill 2706 would require interscholastic or intramural sports teams sponsored by educational institutions to be expressly designated, based on biological sex, as male, female or mixed sex. Athletes who are not biologically female would be prohibited from playing on teams expressly designated for females.

If a student’s sex is disputed, that student may submit a physician’s statement that indicates that student’s sex based on internal and external reproductive anatomy, normal endogenously produced testosterone and an analysis of the student’s genetic makeup.

This bill would affect public schools, community colleges, private schools that are members of interscholastic athletic associations, universities under the jurisdiction of the Arizona Board of Regents and any higher education institutions that are members of collegiate or intercollegiate athletic associations.

The bill passed by a vote of 31 to 29. It will now go to the Arizona Senate.