(3-26-22) The Utah State Legislature voted on Friday to override Republican Gov. Spencer Cox’s veto of a measure (HB11) that would prevent transgender girls from participating in female sports in schools across the state.
In a 56-18 vote with a supermajority needed, the Republican-controlled House voted to override Cox’s veto. Shortly after that, the Senate voted to override the veto by a vote of 21-8.
Statement by Utah Governor – on why he had vetoed HB 11 bill.
Gov. Spencer Cox issued a statement following Friday’s Special Legislative Session:
“I am grateful the Legislature recognized that there were serious flaws with HB11 and for the heightened debate and input that legislators were able to receive over the past few weeks. I called a Special Session today to fix at least one flaw in the bill, and we’re heartened that the Legislature agreed to indemnify school districts (HB 3001) and the Utah High School Activities Association from the enormous financial burden that inevitable litigation will have on them. I remain hopeful that we will continue to work toward a more inclusive, fair and compassionate policy during the interim.”
Earlier this week Indiana’s Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb vetoed a similar bill. Republicans when they meet again in May will look to override that veto.