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INDIANPOLIS (WISH) — Indiana’s GOP-dominated legislature will return to the Statehouse on Tuesday with plans to override Gov. Eric Holcomb’s veto on a transgender athlete bill.

A fellow Republican and former Indianapolis mayor says allowing the law to go into effect is a bad idea.

Former Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard is in town for the Indianapolis 500. Ballard told I-Team on Friday he was raising a red flag for Republican lawmakers in the state, telling them to leave the veto from Holcomb on the transgender athlete bill. The bill would ban transgender girls from participating in school-sponsored sports. Holcomb vetoed it in March, but lawmakers will meet next week to try to override it.

Ballard says the transgender bill does nothing for Indiana except create what he calls another unnecessary law.

  • Watch the full interview with former Mayor Greg Ballard at 9:30 a.m. Sunday on “All INdiana Politics” on WISH-TV

Ballard said: “Well unfortunately I think they’re probably going to override the veto. I hope they don’t, because it was an unnecessary bill. The IHSAA (Indiana High School Athletic Association) has been on top for years. There are no participating incidents. It seems like a made up law and as Republicans they should be looking at limited government, what is the right thing to do, why is the oppressive branch of government solving this problem, solving the problem why there is no no problem. ”

Ballard served as mayor of Indianapolis from 2008 until January 1, 2016.

In 2015, Ballard pushed back against state lawmakers over the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, as did thousands of other Hoosiers. Opponents said the bill targeted LGBT people. Proponents have claimed that the RFRA law protects the exercise of freedom of religion and freedom of conscience.

The widespread protests, led by major employers in Indiana, provoked the government of the day. Mike Pence and lawmakers to amend RFRA 10 days after it was passed.

Ballard said Friday that the transgender bill, like RFRA, will divide the state and could make it difficult for new businesses to recruit in Indiana.

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