Texas Governor Signs Law Similar to Arkansas’ Protecting Fairness in Women’s Sports

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.

See How Your Representative Voted on Protecting Fairness in Girls’ Sports

On Monday the Arkansas House of Representatives passed S.B. 354.

This good bill by Sen. Missy Irvin (R – Mountain View) and Rep. Sonia Barker (R -Smackover) would prevent male student athletes from competing against girls in women’s athletics. This would protect fairness for girls’ sports at school in Arkansas.

The bill passed by a vote of 75 to 18, with seven state representatives not voting. It has been sent to Gov. Hutchinson to become law.

Below is a breakdown of how each state representative voted on S.B. 354.

Voted FOR S.B. 354

  • Barker
  • Beatty Jr.
  • Beck
  • Bentley
  • S. Berry
  • M. Berry
  • Boyd
  • Bragg
  • Breaux
  • Brooks
  • Brown
  • Bryant
  • Carr
  • Cavenaugh
  • Christiansen
  • Cloud
  • Coleman
  • C. Cooper
  • Cozart
  • Crawford
  • Dalby
  • M. Davis
  • Deffenbaugh
  • Dotson
  • Eaves
  • Eubanks
  • Evans
  • C. Fite
  • L. Fite
  • Fortner
  • Furman
  • D. Garner
  • Gazaway
  • Gonzales
  • M. Gray
  • Haak
  • Hawks
  • Hillman
  • Holcomb
  • Hollowell
  • Jean
  • L. Johnson
  • Ladyman
  • Lowery
  • Lundstrum
  • Lynch
  • Maddox
  • J. Mayberry
  • McClure
  • McCollum
  • M. McElroy
  • McGrew
  • McKenzie
  • McNair
  • S. Meeks
  • Milligan
  • Payton
  • Penzo
  • Pilkington
  • Ray
  • Richmond
  • Rye
  • Slape
  • B. Smith
  • S. Smith
  • Speaks
  • Tollett
  • Tosh
  • Underwood
  • Vaught
  • Wardlaw
  • Warren
  • Watson
  • Wing
  • Womack

Voted AGAINST S.B. 354

  • F. Allen
  • Clowney
  • A. Collins
  • Ennett
  • D. Ferguson
  • Fielding
  • V. Flowers
  • Godfrey
  • M. Hodges
  • Hudson
  • Love
  • Magie
  • McCullough
  • Perry
  • Richardson
  • Scott
  • Springer
  • D. Whitaker

Did Not Vote

  • K. Ferguson
  • Jett
  • Miller
  • Murdock
  • Nicks
  • Shepherd
  • Wooten

Updated: Arkansas Senate Passes Bill to Protect Fairness in Women’s Sports

Sen. Missy Irvin presents S.B. 354 from the floor of the Arkansas Senate.

On Wednesday the Arkansas Senate passed S.B. 354 by a vote of 28 to 7.

This good bill by Sen. Missy Irvin (R – Mountain View) and Rep. Sonia Barker (R – Smackover) would protect fairness in girls’ athletics at school.

S.B. 354 prevents biologically male student athletes from competing in women’s sports in Arkansas.

Time and again we have heard stories of biological males dominating women’s athletics — especially in events like track and field.

Letting biological males who identify as female compete against girls can rob female student athletes of opportunities for scholarships.

In some sporting events, it can actually be dangerous.

S.B. 354 helps protect fairness in women’s sports in Arkansas. The bill now goes to the Arkansas House of Representatives for consideration.

The Following Senators Voted FOR S.B. 354

  • B. Ballinger
  • Beckham
  • Bledsoe
  • Caldwell
  • A. Clark
  • B. Davis
  • J. Dismang
  • L. Eads
  • J. English
  • Flippo
  • T. Garner
  • Gilmore
  • K. Hammer
  • Hester
  • Hickey
  • Hill
  • Irvin
  • M. Johnson
  • B. Johnson
  • M. Pitsch
  • Rapert
  • Rice
  • B. Sample
  • G. Stubblefield
  • J. Sturch
  • D. Sullivan
  • Teague
  • D. Wallace

The Following Senators Voted AGAINST S.B. 354

  • L. Chesterfield
  • Elliott
  • S. Flowers
  • J. Hendren
  • K. Ingram
  • G. Leding
  • C. Tucker