ST. PAUL (AP) - Minnesota's high school sports league will soon vote on new guidelines for transgender students to participate in sports.

The Minnesota State High School League is expected to vote Thursday morning on the controversial policy. An avalanche of strong reaction from both sides delayed a vote on the guidelines earlier this year.

The latest two-page draft defines transgender students and includes new language on student eligibility to participate in high school league-sanctioned activities.

Supporters say it's necessary. Opponents of the measure have portrayed it as unfair to other student athletes and say it puts their children at risk.

Thursday's vote was expected to generate more public outcry. Speakers on both sides will be allowed three minutes each to share opinions during a public comment period ahead of the vote.