PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The state House has approved a bill that would void an activities association policy allowing transgender students to request to play on the athletic team of their choice.

The House voted 45-23 Wednesday for the bill. It now heads to the Senate.

Republican Rep. Roger Hunt's measure would require the Legislature's consent for a transgender policy from a high school activities association. The bill says that a student's sex is determined by chromosomes and by what's listed on a birth certificate.

Republican Rep. Jim Bolin says the South Dakota High School Activities Association's transgender policy "was a poor decision."

Democratic Rep. Peggy Gibson opposed the bill. She says the proposal is discriminatory and unfair.

Efforts to block the activities association's policy last session stalled in the state Senate.

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