Fairness HearingMarch 23, 2022 - Virtual
|Senate Bill 227 Hearing Wednesday, March, 23, 10 a.m.
A hearing on Senate Bill 227, the Fairness in Women's Sports Act, is scheduled for Wednesday, March 23, in the Senate Health & Social Services Committee.
This Act requires a student athlete to compete in sports associated with their biological sex, as determined at birth and based on the student's birth certificate or other government record if a birth certificate is unobtainable.
An exception is permitted to allow female athletes to compete in male sports if a corresponding female sport is not available.
A student who is deprived of an athletic opportunity or who suffers a direct or indirect harm as a result of a violation of this Act may bring a cause of action for injunctive relief, damages, and any other relief available under law.
High school athletes across the United States have spoken out against biological male athletes breaking female records and taking away scholarship opportunities.
Senator Bryant Richardson (R - Seaford) and House Minority Whip Tim Dukes (R - Laurel) introduced Senate Bill 227 in February.
"The purpose of Senate Bill 227 is to protect the gains in women's sports that was boosted almost 50 years ago under Title IX. Today, two out of every five girls in high school. are playing sports. We cannot allow the progress made over the last half century to be erased," Senator Richardson said.
"This is a matter of fairness as students compete athletically for college scholarships and look to advance their athletic careers. In order to continue the protections against discrimination for female athletes, many of which have been achieved through the nearly 50-year-old Title IX federal statute, it's important to enact this measure," stated Rep. Dukes.
SB 227 has been assigned to the Senate Health and Social Services committee.
Throughout March all Senate committee hearings will be virtual. Those interested in listening in or signing up to speak may do so any time between now and the time of the hearing, which will start at 10 a.m.
Here are the instructions for signing up:
• Go to legis.delaware.gov
Find the Senate Health & Social Services committee meeting notice under 'What's Happening' (you may have to scroll down)
Click on 'Register for Meeting'
Fill out the form and chose to give public comment.
Parents, grandparents and female athletes and all fair-minded individuals are encouraged to make public comments.
Without the protections of SB 227, the rights of female athletes are greatly at risk.