Amend the amendment in section 1 in §1500-J in subsection 1 by striking out all of paragraph A (page 1, lines 20 to 32 and page 2, lines 1 and 2 in amendment) and inserting the following:
. "Conversion therapy" means any practice or course of treatment that seeks to change an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity, including, but not limited to, any effort to change gender expression or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same gender. "Conversion therapy" does not include the following:
(1) Counseling or treatment intended to assist an individual undergoing a gender transition;
(2) Counseling intended to provide acceptance, support and understanding to the individual; and
(3) Counseling intended to facilitate the individual's coping, social support or identity exploration and development, including any therapeutic intervention such as talk therapy that is neutral with regard to sexual orientation and that seeks to prevent or address unlawful conduct or unsafe sexual practices, as long as the counseling does not seek to change the individual's sexual orientation or gender identity.
Amend the amendment in section 1 in §1500-J by striking out all of subsection 3 (page 2, lines 7 to 13 in amendment) and inserting the following:
Amend the amendment by striking out all of section 2 and inserting the following:
‘Sec. 2. 20-A MRSA §13020, sub-§2-A is enacted to read:
Amend the amendment in section 3 in subsection 3 in the first line (page 2, line 24 in amendment) by inserting after the following: "immoral" the following: 'or prohibited'
Amend the amendment in section 3 in subsection 3 in the 6th line (page 2, line 29 in amendment) by inserting after the following: " child" the following: ' within the last 5 years'
Amend the amendment in section 37 in subsection 1 in paragraph C in the last line (page 7, line 19 in amendment) by inserting after the following: "risks;" the following: 'and'
Amend the amendment in section 37 in subsection 1 by striking out all of paragraph D (page 7, lines 20 and 21 in amendment).
Amend the amendment by relettering or renumbering any nonconsecutive Part letter or section number to read consecutively.
This amendment clarifies that a school psychologist or guidance counselor who administers conversion therapy is subject to sanctions, which could include certificate revocation and suspension, and only for conduct that occurred within 5 years. The amendment specifies that the legislation does not apply to the activities of a priest, rabbi, member of the clergy or minister unless that person receives monetary compensation specifically for those activities. This amendment also removes from the legislative findings and intent section language regarding the United Nations Committee against Torture and Human Rights.