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House passes bill to pay college athletes, with stipulations

By: Sarah Ulmer - February 11, 2021

Late in the afternoon of deadline day, the Mississippi House of Representatives passed HB 1030, the “Mississippi Intercollegiate Athletics Compensation Rights Act.” The intent of the bill is to allow compensation for college student athletes in the event their name, image or likeness are used for advertising.

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The bill was fairly straightforward, until an amendment was added by Representative Becky Currie (R-92). Her amendment states that female athletes could receive this compensation and participate on these sport teams as long as they are deemed biologically female, with the corresponding reproductive parts.

Representative Becky Currie

“I don’t want my granddaughter or whomever that wants to go play basketball, worry about whether or not they’re going to have to compete for a scholarship with the next LeBron James,” said Rep. Currie

The amendment reads: 

Notwithstanding any other provision of this act, no male student-athlete may earn compensation or contract for the use, image or likeness of the student-athlete as a female athlete or on an athletic team or sport designated for females. (2) If a student-athlete’s sex is disputed, the student athlete may establish his or her sex by presenting a signed physician’s statement which shall indicate the student-athlete’s sex based solely upon: (a) The student-athlete’s internal and external reproductive anatomy;

This language in this amendment is similar to a bill filed by Senator Angela Hill (R-40), SB 2536, the Mississippi Fairness Act. The bill would prevent biologically male individuals from participating in biologically female sports. It was passed in the Senate late into Thursday night.

Currie and other Representatives attempted to bring forward an amendment that would insert the full language of the Fairness Act. Representative Shanda Yates (D-64) called a point of order on that amendment and it was withdrawn.

“We didn’t get the whole thing in there, but it’s a step in the right direction,” said Currie.

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“The Mississippi Fairness Act is one-hundred percent designed to protect women’s sports,” said Hill. “This bill is designed to prevent biological males from coming into female sports and spoiling it.”

House Bill 1030 was passed by a vote of 89 to 23.

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Sarah Ulmer

Sarah is a Mississippi native, born and raised in Madison. She is a graduate of Mississippi State University, where she studied Communications, with an emphasis in Broadcasting and Journalism. Sarah’s experience spans multiple mediums, including extensive videography with both at home and overseas, broadcasting daily news, and hosting a live radio show. In 2017, Sarah became a member of the Capitol Press Corp in Mississippi and has faithfully covered the decisions being made by leaders on some of the most important issues facing our state. Email Sarah: