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h_phc_2017a_2017-02-28t13:33:50z1 Hearing Summary

Date: 02/28/2017

Location: RM 271

Final

BILL SUMMARY for HB17-1156



HOUSE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH CARE & HUMAN SERVICES


Votes: View--> Action Taken:
Refer House Bill 17-1156 to the Committee of the W PASS







02:38 PM -- HB 17-1156



Representative Singer called the meeting back to order.



Representative Rosenthal, bill sponsor, presented House Bill 17-1156 to the committee. The bill prohibits physicians specializing in psychiatry and licensed or registered mental health professionals from engaging in conversion therapy with patients under 18 years of age. The bill defines "conversion therapy" as practices that seek to change an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity, including efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions, or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attraction to individuals of the same sex. Violations of this prohibition are addressed through the disciplinary processes for these regulated professionals.



Certain psychotherapies are exempted from the definition of conversion therapy if they provide acceptance, support, and understanding for the facilitation of an individual's coping, social support, and identity exploration and development. Sexual orientation-neutral interventions to prevent or address unlawful conduct or unsafe sexual practices are also permitted, so long as they do not seek to change the patient's sexual orientation or gender identity. Therapies are also allowed to assist a person undergoing gender transition.



02:43 PM



Representative Rosenthal responded to questions from the committee regarding the bill. Representative Singer commented.



02:53 PM -- Dr. Laura Knudtson, Colorado Psychological Association, testified in support of the bill. Dr. Knudtson responded to questions from the committee.



03:00 PM --
Esteban Lee O'Neal, representing himself, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Lee O'Neil responded to questions from the committee.



03:06 PM --
Reverend Laura Rossbert, Belong United Methodist Church, testified in support of the bill. Reverend Rossbert responded to questions from the committee.



03:14 PM --
Dr. Charlotte Lippolis, Colorado Psychiatric Society, testified in support of the bill. Dr. Lippolis responded to questions from the committee.



03:19 PM --
Judah Ruscha, representing himself, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Ruscha responded to questions from the committee.



03:22 PM --
Brad Allen, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.



03:26 PM -- Brandan Robertson, representing himself, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Robertson responded to questions from the committee.



03:31 PM --
Jacob Schuler, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.



03:34 PM --
Kenny Wylie, Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, testified in support of the bill.



03:36 PM --
Noah McQueen, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.



03:39 PM -- Moses Gur, Colorado Behavioral Health Council, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Gur responded to questions from the committee.



03:43 PM -- Robin Goodspeed, representing herself, testified in opposition to the bill. Ms. Goodspeed responded to questions from the committee.



03:53 PM --
Jeff Johnston, representing himself, testified in opposition to the bill and distributed a handout (Attachment B). Mr. Johnston responded to questions from the committee.



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04:03 PM --
Drew Patterson, representing himself, testified in opposition to the bill. Mr. Patterson responded to questions from the committee.



04:08 PM --
Susan Kerkoff, representing herself, testified in opposition to the bill. Ms. Kerkoff responded to questions from the committee.



04:19 PM --
Brad Bergford, Commission for the Protection of Constitutional Rights, testified in opposition to the bill. Mr. Bergford responded to questions from the committee.



04:28 PM --
David DeJiacomo, representing himself, testified in opposition to the bill.



04:31 PM -- Megan Malinaric, representing herself, testified in opposition to the bill. Ms. Malinaric responded to questions from the committee.



04:38 PM --
Timo Jones, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.



04:44 PM -- Dr. Reo Leslie, representing himself and the Colorado Association of Psychotherapists, testified in support of the bill and distributed a handout (Attachment C). Dr. Leslie responded to questions from the committee.



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04:50 PM -- Karen Langsley, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.



04:53 PM --
Leslie Chomic, League of Women Voters - Colorado, testified in support of the bill.



04:55 PM --
Arash Jahanian, Colorado LGBT Bar Association, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Jahanian responded to questions from the committee.



05:01 PM --
Rachel Katt, representing Colorado LGBT Bar Association, testified in support of the bill.



05:04 PM



Representative Rosenthal gave concluding remarks.

BILL: HB17-1156
TIME: 05:04:49 PM
MOVED: Ginal
MOTION: Refer House Bill 17-1156 to the Committee of the Whole. The motion passed on a vote of 7-6.
SECONDED: Pabon
VOTE
Catlin
No
Everett
No
Ginal
Yes
Hooton
Yes
Landgraf
No
Lewis
No
Liston
No
Michaelson Jenet
Yes
Pabon
Yes
Pettersen
Yes
Ransom
No
Danielson
Yes
Singer
Yes
Final YES: 7 NO: 6 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





05:05 PM



Representative Singer adjourned the meeting.








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