Texas bill could deny transgender wrestler title defense

It would let the state board that oversees high school sports disqualify those student-athletes if that board says their prescribed steroid use affects safety or fair play.

Many in Texas were upset over Beggs being able to compete against girls, and the state is now considering a bill that would essentially allow the UIL to ban transgender people from competing in high school sports.

The lawsuit suggested that, despite Beggs taking testosterone under a "safe harbor" provision, that he caused a higher risk of injury to other wrestlers and carried an unfair adventage. Under Texas law, because Beggs' birth certificate still lists his gender as "female", he is forced to wrestle in the girls' league.

Previously, the UIL did allow athletes to take steroids, like testosterone, as long as the medication is "dispensed, prescribed, delivered and administered by a medical practitioner for a valid medical goal", as is the case for a student who is transitioning.

House Bill 122, also known as the "raise the age" bill, would raise the age of criminal responsibility in Texas from 17 to 18, meaning people would be treated as adults in the criminal justice system only after turning 18. But there is a "safe harbor" provision that allows students to take hormones if they are "dispensed, prescribed, delivered and administered by a medical practitioner for a valid medical objective".

The case was dismissed after the UIL filed a Plea of Jurisdiction. Well, they already are.

The policy, which allows Beggs to fight against male opponents, is newly adopted by USA Wrestling.

UIL officials say killing the testing program limited their ability to police steroid use in competition.

Democratic Sen. Jose Menendez noted on the Senate floor that a slew of children's and immigrant's rights groups testified in opposition to the bill and that the only supporter was the private prison operator that stands to benefit. Sen.

The bill passed the Senate in March and received final House approval 146-0 on Tuesday.

Outnumbered Democrats have been using stall tactics and House Speaker Joe Straus sees the bill as bad for business.

"SB 1018 benefits the two for-profit prison corporations by legitimizing their operations in Texas at the expense of mothers and children", said State Sen. That includes transgender students seeking hormone therapy. When faced with questions about the real intent of the legislation, the author of the bill, Republican Bob Hall from Edgewood, said, "This is for fairness and safety of the students". "On its face it seems to have everything to do with (Beggs)".

The path for Texas to enact its version of a North Carolina-style bathroom bill is poised to get far tougher after the Republican-controlled state House ran out the clock Thursday on a key midnight bill deadline.

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