Rep. Barker presents Act 461 to the Arkansas House of Representatives on March 22, 2021.

On Monday Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a law requiring students participating in school athletics to compete according to their biological sex.

The law is slated to take effect in Texas in January.

Texas’ new law is very similar to a law that the Arkansas Legislature passed earlier this year: Act 461 of 2021.

Act 461 of 2021 is a good law by Sen. Missy Irvin (R — Mountain View) and Rep. Sonia Barker (R — Smackover). It prevents male student athletes from competing against girls in women’s athletics. This protects fairness in women’s sports at school.

Act 461 passed with strong support from Arkansas’ legislature.

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed it into law last March, and it took full effect last July.

Letting biological males who identify as female compete against girls can rob female student athletes of opportunities for scholarships. In some sports, it can even be dangerous.

It’s good to see states like Texas and Arkansas take a stand to defend fairness in women’s sports.