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Texas State Senator Charles Perry of Lubbock saw one of his major pieces of legislation in this session get approved in the Texas Senate on Thursday. Senate Bill 29, the Fair Sports for Women and Girls Act will now move to the Texas House for consideration.

The bill makes clear that biologically born males may only compete on male teams in Texas and that biologically born females compete against other females.

Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick applauded the passage of the bill in a press release on Thursday.

“Senate Bill 29 ensures that biologically born men and boys will not be allowed to compete against women and girls in individual and team sports or for sports scholarships.

“Women and girls have been fighting for equity in sports for decades and their achievements have been great. Senate Bill 29 will ensure that in the Lone Star State, women and girls’ sports will continue to thrive because those athletes will not be forced to compete against men and boys who have an unfair advantage. I commend Sen. Perry for his leadership and courage in bringing this important issue forward.”

Patrick also said in his statement that it was notable that the Texas Senate passed the legislation the same week as the NCAA threatened Texas and other states that are considering similar measures that would bar boys from competing against girls.

The legislation will likely be even more controversial in the Texas House as it gets closer to becoming law. Texas is scheduled to host major NCAA events in the next few years and the NCAA could threaten to move those events.

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