GOP, Democrat governor candidates diverge on bathroom bills

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A Democratic governor candidate is speaking out against restricting which facilities transgender students could use in South Dakota schools.

State Sen. Billie Sutton said in a Friday statement to The Associated Press that such laws are a "solution in search of a problem."

Lawmakers have previously proposed limiting which school facilities transgender students could use, a likely issue in the 2018 governor's race.

Sutton's view of a so-called bathroom bill diverges from the two top Republicans in the GOP gubernatorial primary. Attorney General Marty Jackley and Congresswoman Kristi Noem this week offered support for the idea.

A key conservative group plans to wait until the 2019 session to pursue such restrictions when a new, potentially more favorable governor will be in office.

Retiring Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard has opposed such bills.


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