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Gov. Ducey signs two bills regarding transgender individuals

PHOENIX, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - On Wednesday, the governor of Arizona signed legislation Senate bill 1138 and 1165 which deals with transgender rights.

Senate bill 1138 states that people who undergo gender reassignment surgery must be 18 years of age or older.

The bill does not prohibit the use of hormone blockers or other forms of hormone therapy and will not require anyone under the age of 18 to stop taking these hormone prescriptions.

Senate bill 1165 requires both Arizona public and private schools to place athletes in designated teams based on a person's biological sex.

In Ducey's letter explaining the decision to support this legislation, he stated, "This legislation is common-sense and narrowly-targeted to address these two specific issues - while ensuring that transgender individuals continue to receive the same dignity, respect and kindness as  every individual in our society”.

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