NCAA says it could pull championships over Florida transgender sports bill

Florida among states considering legislation banning transgender women from participating in high school, college sports
Posted at 6:02 AM, Apr 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-13 08:38:22-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida lawmakers are set to move forward on a proposed bill targeting transgender women.

The House will discuss HB 1475 on Tuesday. It's a controversial measure aimed at banning transgender women from participating in high school and college sports.

Supporters argue the bill isn't meant to discriminate, but more so level the playing field for women. However, not everyone agrees.

Florida joins the list of at least 25 other states that are considering passing similar legislation, prompting the NCAA to step in.

The nonprofit organization responded with a statement threatening to pull college championship games in states that have passed anti-trans laws.

"When determining where championships are held, NCAA policy directs that only locations where hosts can commit to providing an environment that is safe, healthy and free of discrimination should be selected," the statement read, in part.

If the bill is passed in the Florida House, it will then head to the Senate for a vote.