Missouri House Committee to Hear Testimony This Week on Transgender Athlete Legislation

Missourians would cast ballots in 2022 on a proposed constitutional amendment involving transgender high school athletes, under a proposal from a mid-Missouri state lawmaker. Rocheport (pronounced ROACH-port) State Representative Chuck Basye (pronounced like BAY-see), who chairs the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee, tells our Moberly affiliate KWIX that this issue should be decided by voters:

Basye’s proposed constitutional amendment would require that students who participate in sex-separated athletic contests only be allowed to participate in those events for the biological sex found on the student’s birth certificate. Similar legislation was introduced in 2020 and was criticized by Kansas City parent Brandon Boulware, who testified that it would hurt his transgender daughter’s spirit. Boulware said it would mean his daughter could not play on her girls volleyball team anymore.