Friday, June 22, 2012
Update on SB 1172.
You might remember that the CA Senate passed SB 1172 back in May.
The bill would make California the first state in the nation to ban licensed mental health professionals from engaging in sexual orientation change efforts of any kind for a minor patient, regardless of a parent's willingness or desire to authorize participation in such programs.
The next step is for the bill to be passed by the CA Assembly.
The Assembly has a meeting on the 26th of this month which will determine if the bill will be pushed through before the summer recess, which is just around the corner. If not, then the bill will be heard in August..
We will keep you posted.
Another note re SB 1172.
It did pass the Senate... but our local state Senator Michael Rubio did not cast a vote. I have tried repetitively to get an answer to why the Senator did not vote, but after numerous phone run arounds and vague email answers that amount to "well, it passed,...." I have given up getting a straight answer. The fact is, Senator Rubio did not vote for or against this bill. A suspicious mind might wonder if he is going to join the ranks of fair weather friends...
When the bill comes up for vote in the assembly, we will be counting on our local Rep Perea to do the right thing and vote for the bill. We will have more information on how you can encourage the Assembly man in the coming weeks.