HB587 (2018) Detail

Relative to conversion therapy seeking to change a person's sexual orientation.


CHAPTER 167

HB 587-FN - FINAL VERSION

 

04/19/2018   1654s

2018 SESSION

17-0200

01/10

 

HOUSE BILL 587-FN

 

AN ACT relative to conversion therapy seeking to change a person's sexual orientation.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Schleien, Hills. 37; Rep. Fisher, Belk. 9; Rep. Zaricki, Hills. 6; Rep. Butler, Carr. 7; Sen. Innis, Dist 24

 

COMMITTEE: Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill prohibits persons licensed to provide counseling services to propose to engage or engage in conversion therapy with a person under 18 years of age.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

04/19/2018   1654s 17-0200

01/10

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eighteen

 

AN ACT relative to conversion therapy seeking to change a person's sexual orientation.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

167:1  New Chapter; Prohibiting Conversion Therapy on Minors.  Amend RSA by inserting after chapter 332-K the following new chapter:

CHAPTER 332-L

PROHIBITING CONVERSION THERAPY ON MINORS

332-L:1  Definition.  In this chapter, "conversion therapy" means practices or treatments 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 attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same gender.  Conversion therapy shall not include counseling that provides assistance to a person undergoing gender transition, or counseling that provides acceptance, support, and understanding of a person or facilitates a person's coping, social support, and identity exploration and development, including sexual-orientation-neutral interventions to prevent or address unlawful conduct or unsafe sexual practices, as long as such counseling does not seek to change an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity.

332-L:2  Prohibition; Violations and Enforcement.

I.  A person who is licensed to provide professional counseling under RSA 326-B, RSA 328-D, RSA 329, RSA 329-B, RSA 330-A:16, RSA 330-A:18, RSA 330-A:19, RSA 330-A:20, RSA 330-A:21, or RSA 330-C, including, but not limited to, a nurse, physician assistant, physician, psychologist, clinical social worker, clinical mental health counselor, marriage and family therapist, or licensed alcohol and drug counselor, or a person who performs counseling as part of the person's professional training for any of these professions, shall not engage in conversion therapy with a person under 18 years of age.

II.  Any licensed professional, as listed in paragraph I, who proposes to engage or engages in conversion therapy on a patient under 18 years of age shall be considered to have engaged in unprofessional conduct and shall be subject to such discipline as the relevant licensing authority deems appropriate.

332-L:3  Non-Infringement.  Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to infringe on any constitutional right, including the free exercise of religion.

167:2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect January 1, 2019.

 

Approved: June 08, 2018

Effective Date: January 01, 2019

 

 

Links

HB587 at GenCourtMobile

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 21, 2017 House Hearing
Feb. 23, 2017 House Exec Session
Oct. 26, 2017 House Exec Session
Jan. 3, 2018 House Floor Vote
Jan. 9, 2018 House Floor Vote
April 10, 2018 Senate Hearing
April 19, 2018 Senate Floor Vote
April 19, 2018 Senate Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB587 Revision: 4087 Date: June 11, 2018, 10:59 a.m.
HB587 Revision: 3810 Date: May 11, 2018, 8:33 a.m.
HB587 Revision: 3564 Date: April 23, 2018, 2:03 p.m.
HB587 Revision: 2433 Date: Jan. 25, 2017, 3:14 p.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 5, 2017 Introduced 01/05/2017 and referred to Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs HJ 3 P. 20
Feb. 14, 2017 ==CANCELLED== Public Hearing: 02/14/2017 10:00 AM LOB 305-307
Feb. 21, 2017 ==RESCHEDULED== Public Hearing: 02/21/2017 10:00 AM LOB 305-307
Feb. 23, 2017 Executive Session: 02/23/2017 LOB 205
Retained in Committee
Aug. 30, 2017 Retained Bill Full Committee Work Session: 08/30/2017 01:15 PM LOB 205
Oct. 26, 2017 Executive Session: 10/26/2017 10:00 AM LOB 205
Jan. 3, 2018 Majority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 01/03/2018 (Vote 12-8; RC)
Minority Committee Report: Ought to Pass
Special Order to 1/9/2018 Without Objection HJ 1 P. 104
Jan. 9, 2018 Inexpedient to Legislate: MA RC 166-165 01/09/2018 HJ 2 P. 35
Feb. 8, 2018 Reconsider HB 587 (Rep. Parkhurst): MA RC 178-169 02/08/2018 HJ 3 P. 31
Feb. 8, 2018 Inexpedient to Legislate: MF RC 171-177 02/08/2018 HJ 3 P. 33
Feb. 8, 2018 FLAM # 2018-0438h (Rep. J. Edwards): AF DV 167-183 02/08/2018 HJ 3 P. 35
Feb. 8, 2018 Ought to Pass: MA RC 179-171 02/08/2018 HJ 3 P. 35
Feb. 15, 2018 Introduced 02/15/2018 and Referred to Health and Human Services; SJ 5
April 10, 2018 Hearing: 04/10/2018, Room 101, LOB, 01:45 pm; SC 16
April 19, 2018 Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2018-1502s, 04/19/2018; SC 17
April 19, 2018 Special Order to the present time, Without Objection, MA; 04/19/2018; SJ 13
April 19, 2018 Committee Amendment # 2018-1502s, RC 12Y-12N, AF; 04/19/2018; SJ 13
April 19, 2018 Sen. Fuller Clark Floor Amendment # 2018-1654s, RC 14Y-10N, AA; 04/19/2018; SJ 13
April 19, 2018 Ought to Pass with Amendment 2018-1654s, RC 14Y-10N, MA; OT3rdg; 04/19/2018; SJ 13
May 10, 2018 House Non-Concurs with Senate Amendment 1654s and Requests CofC (Rep. Kotowski): MF RC 163-182 05/10/2018
May 10, 2018 House Concurs with Senate Amendment 1654s (Rep. Butler): MA VV 05/10/2018
May 10, 2018 Reconsider concurrence with amendment 1654s (Rep. White): MF RC 158-187 05/10/2018
May 23, 2018 Enrolled (In recess 05/23/2018); SJ 18
May 23, 2018 Enrolled 05/23/2018
June 8, 2018 Signed by Governor Sununu 06/08/2018; Chapter 167; Eff. 1/1/2019