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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2607         FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 154

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to abusive practices to change sexual orientation and gender identity in minors .

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

Thomas P. Conroy

13th Middlesex

Patricia D. Jehlen

Second Middlesex

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Jason Lewis

 

Elizabeth A. Malia

11th Suffolk

Sarah K. Peake

4th Barnstable

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Tom Sannicandro

7th Middlesex

Karen E. Spilka

Second Middlesex and Norfolk

Benjamin Swan

11th Hampden

Martha M. Walz

8th Suffolk


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2607        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 154

By Mr. Sciortino of Medford, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 154) of Carl M. Sciortino, Jr. and others relative to the protection of the mental and physical health of minors from sexual orientation and/or gender identity change efforts.  Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to abusive practices to change sexual orientation and gender identity in minors .
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1. Chapter 112 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official addition, is hereby amended by adding following new section:-

              Section 264. (a) Definitions.

              For the purposes of this section, “licensed professional” means any licensed medical, mental health, or human service professional licensed under Chapter 112, including any psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker, psychiatric nurse, allied mental health and human services professional, licensed marriage and family therapist, licensed rehabilitation counselor, licensed mental health counselor, licensed educational psychologist, or any of their respective interns or trainees, or any other person designated or licensed as a mental health or human service professional under Massachusetts law or regulation.

              “Sexual orientation and gender identity change efforts” means any practice by a licensed professional that seeks or purports to impose change of an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Such term--

              (1) Includes practices which

              (A) to change behavioral expression of an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity, or

              (B) to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same sex.

              (2) Does not include practices which

              (A) provide acceptance, support, and understanding of an individual’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression and the facilitation of an individual’s coping, social support, and identity exploration and development, including interventions to prevent or address unlawful conduct or unsafe sexual practices, or

              (B) provide acceptance, support, or understanding of an individual’s gender expression or the facilitation of an individual’s coping, social support, and identity exploration and development.

              (b) Under no circumstances shall a licensed professional advertise for or engage in sexual orientation and gender identity change efforts with a patient less than 18 years of age. Any licensed professional violating this prohibition shall be such subject to discipline by the board, which may include suspension or revocation of license.

              (c) Whoever violates this section shall be considered to have violated section 2 of chapter 93A.

              SECTION 2. (a) Subsection (a) of Section 51A of chapter 119 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official addition, is hereby amended by inserting after the words “chapter 233” the following words:-

              or (vi) being subjected to sexual orientation and gender identity change efforts as defined by section 169 of chapter 112

              (b) Section 51A of chapter 119 is further amended in subsection (i) after the word “family.” by adding the following words:-

              Any report including licensed professionals engaging in sexual orientation and gender identity change efforts as defined under section 169 of chapter 112 shall be filed within 30 days to the appropriate licensing board for review and possible suspension or revocation of license.

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