(12-15-22) Ohio HB 151 that would have prevented transgender girls from participating in high school sports did not pass out of the General Assembly on Thursday.

Late Wednesday night the bill did pass in the Ohio Senate along party lines 23 to 7 in support of the “Save Women’s Sports Act”.

The Ohio House voted against passing the amended House Bill 151, which would have banned transgender girls from participating in female sports, overhaul the Department of Education and prohibit discrimination against students who are not vaccinated for COVID-19.

Ohio lawmakers on Wednesday then moved HB 151 into Senate Bill 178.

The OHSAA said in a statement it does not support the amendment addressing the transgender ban –

“The OHSAA believes that our current transgender policy is effective in protecting the integrity of girls’ sports while also providing participation opportunities for the highly vulnerable group of transgender students.”

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said earlier about the issue –

“This issue is best addressed outside of government, through individual sports leagues and athletic associations, including the Ohio High School Athletic Association, who can tailor policies to meet the needs of their member athletes and member institutions,”