The bill will now go back to the Senate for a vote with the amendment before it would head to the desk of Gov. Mike DeWine.
The Ohio House of Representatives has passed a bill to allow college athletes to profit from their name, image and likeness after adding a transgender ban amendment into the legislation.
The amendment, which would ban transgender women from competing in women’s sports, was added by Rep. Jena Powell on Thursday.
As Rep. Powell read the amendment, several members pounded on their desks.
After a discussion, the amended bill passed with a 57-36 vote.
The bill will now go back to the Senate for a vote with the amendment before it would head to the desk of Gov. Mike DeWine. The original bill passed the Senate on June 16.
Under the original bill, colleges and universities would be banned from preventing student-athletes the chance to participate in sports based on whether or not they receive compensation.
10TV asked the bill’s sponsor, Senator Niraj Antani, about the amendment and we were sent the following statement:
“I continue to strongly pursue legislation to ensure student athletes receive in law their rights to their own name, image, and likeness by the July 1, 2021 deadline,” Antani said. “I am optimistic in my prospects and I will continue to work hard to get this done for our student athletes.”