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2014 House Bill 2451: Restricting the practice of sexual orientation change efforts
  1. Introduced by Rep. Maureen Walsh (Walla Walla) (R) on January 17, 2014, establishes the performance of sexual orientation change efforts by a health care provider on a patient under 18 years old as an act of unprofessional conduct.   Full Text and Analysis.
    • Referred to the House Health Care & Wellness Committee on January 17, 2014.
      • Substitute offered in the House on February 5, 2014, removes the legislative findings related to studies, reports, and statements by professional associations regarding sexual orientation change efforts. Legislative intent is added to regulate professional conduct but not to regulate speech or religious practices or counseling that is not sexual orientation change efforts practiced by a licensed health care provider on those under 18 years old.
    • Referred to the House Rules Committee on February 5, 2014.
      • Amendment offered by Rep. Matt Shea (Spokane Valley) (R) on February 13, 2014, removes language specifying that the minors to be protected include those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. Places the construction in a separate section, rather than the intent section and adds that the act is not to be construed as applying to non-licensed counselors acting under the auspices of a religious church or denomination. Removes references to "reparative therapy" and "conversion therapy" in the definition of "sexual orientation change efforts." Clarifies that the Legislature finds that it has a compelling interest in maintaining a patientdriven process.
        1. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on February 13, 2014.
    1. Passed 94 to 4 in the House on February 13, 2014.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"
  2. Received in the Senate on February 17, 2014.
    • Referred to the Senate Health Care Committee on February 17, 2014.