Posted: 12/08/14 16:43
by Dave Mindeman
Soon to be GOP Majority Leader in the House, Rep. Joyce Peppin, went out of her way to comment on the Minnesota State High School League's new policy on transgender policies. Her comments didn't specify what exactly brought about this statement after the transgender policy was announced, but she did indicate that more "oversight" of the league was needed.
It can only be assumed that the "new" GOP House is still locked into the "old" GOP fixation on social issues.
Peppin's remarks are not just those of a legislative individual. She now speaks as one of the core leadership of the new Republican majority. So that must mean that the MN High School League policy is now a "target" of the House majority.
It has been difficult enough for the MN State High School League to find a way that allows transgender athletes to participate in high school sports with at least a modicum of normalcy. But add the always volatile element of politics and you have an unwanted focal point of attention.
It is unfortunate for this type of meddling to begin even before the policy has been implemented.
Is this really the type of priority this "new" majority wants to open with?
Isn't the budget and transportation funding enough to keep them busy?
I applaud the Minnesota High School League for attempting to tackle a very sensitive issue. They will have their hands full navigating the waters of parental influence.
But it would be advisable for the legislature to keep their partisan, political hands off the topic - and give the League at least a chance to give it an honest and fair trial.