STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1684
RE: S.B. No. 674
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2019
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Health, to which was referred S.B. No. 674, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO GENDER IDENTITY,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to prohibit a person licensed to provide professional counseling from engaging in, attempting to engage in, or advertising the offering of gender identity change efforts on a minor.
The Hawai‘i Civil Rights Commission, Mental Health America of Hawai‘i, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii, and a few individuals supported this measure. American College of Pediatricians, Hawaii Family Forum, National Taskforce for Therapy Equality, One Love Ministries, and several individuals opposed this measure. The Department of Health, LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i, and Pride Work Hawaii submitted comments for this measure.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Changing the terminology "sexual orientation change efforts" or "gender identity change efforts" to "conversion therapy" to reflect the more widely-used and commonly-understood language;
(2) Clarifying that the prohibition against the use of conversion therapy applies to efforts to change the sexual orientation of lesbian, gay, or bisexual minors and efforts to change the gender identity of transgendered minors;
(3) Changing its effective date to July 1, 2050, to promote further discussion; and
(4) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity, consistency, and style.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Health that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 674, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 674, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committees on Judiciary and Consumer Protection & Commerce.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Health,
JOHN M. MIZUNO, Chair