Democrats screamed and stomped their feet in a tantrum when a GOP member introduced legislation that would protect women from being forced to compete against transgender athletes, according to The Daily Wire.
“ — to designate separate teams for participants of the biological sex. No school —” Powell went on, then had to stop for a moment, exasperated, before she continued, “No school interscholastic conference or organization that regulates interscholastics shall permit biological males to participate on athletic teams or an athletic competition designated only for biological female participants. Currently, OHSAA allows biological males to compete against biological females if they either completed a year of hormone therapy, demonstrated they do not possess physical —”
Ohio Democrats furiously pound their desks and yell as Rep. Jena Powell proposes an amendment to add a bill banning biological males from female sports teams to the "Name, Image, Likeness Bill." pic.twitter.com/vIhmozeNwy
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“Why was the reaction so strong?”
Powell said, “I can’t explain always why the Left doesn’t like some of the things that we do, but this is a simple bill, an amendment to say, “Hey, we want to protect the integrity of women’s sports in the state of Ohio.” I think the Left is frustrated and oftentimes they speak out in ways that are very inappropriate.”
“When I had the House floor, the Speaker did address me, which means I have the ability to speak. Instead of waiting for his turn to speak, he decided to erupt into yelling, and as you heard in the clip, just literally banging on top of his desk. I don’t even think any of the members could hear my speech; that’s how loud it really was.”
From The Daily Wire:
Washington Watch noted Ohio GOP governor Mike DeWine apparently criticized the amendment by saying, “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.”
Powell noted that DeWine had vetoed other conservatives bills before, but pointed out that the GOP-led Ohio legislature could override any veto.
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In February 2020, Powell stated, “The Save Women’s Sports Act is a fairness issue for women. This bill ensures that every little girl who works hard to make it on a podium is not robbed of her chance by a biological male competing against her in a biological female sport. We want every little girl to achieve her athletic dream here in the state of Ohio.”