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Bill Detail: HB23-1098

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Title Women's Rights In Athletics
Status Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs (01/23/2023)
Bill Subjects
  • Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
House Sponsors B. Bradley (R)
L. Frizell (R)
Senate Sponsors B. Pelton (R)
House Committee State, Civic, Military and Veterans Affairs
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 01/23/2023
Summary

The bill requires any intercollegiate, interscholastic, intramural, or
club athletic team, sport, or athletic event to be designated as one of the
following, based on the biological sex at birth of the participating
students: Male, female, or coeducational. Male and female athletes may
only participate on teams designated to their respective sexes. The bill
prohibits a governmental entity from investigating a complaint or taking
any adverse action against a public school, school district, activities
association or organization, institution of higher education, or any
employee or governing board member for complying with the bill.
The bill creates a cause of action for a student, school, or
institution that suffers harm as a result of noncompliance with the bill.
There is also a cause of action for a student who suffers retaliation for
reporting violations of the bill. The statutes of limitations for the causes
of action are 2 years and a prevailing party is entitled to reasonable
attorney fees. The attorney general is required to provide legal
representation to a school, school district, association, or institution of
higher education that is sued for complying with the bill.

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