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File #: 171760    Version:
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 2/27/2018 In control: PUBLIC SAFETY AND HEALTH COMMITTEE
On agenda: Final action: 3/27/2018
Effective date: 4/14/2018    
Title: A substitute ordinance prohibiting the practice of conversion therapy.
Sponsors: ALD. JOHNSON, ALD. PEREZ, ALD. ZIELINSKI, ALD. BAUMAN, ALD. KOVAC
Indexes: PUBLIC HEALTH
Attachments: 1. Senator Carpenter - Letter in Support, 2. RE_ In support of your proposed ordinance, 3. Tony Snell Statement, 4. Statement of Shelley Gregory, 5. Statement of Natalie Zanoni, 6. Ending Conversion Therapy Supporting and Affirming LGBT Youth, 7. Deon Q Young statement, 8. Wendy Strout statement, 9. Kristen Ramirez Support, 10. Emails in Support, 11. Fwd In Favor of Prohibiting Conversion Therapy, 12. Notice Published on 4-13-18
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultTallyAction DetailsMeeting DetailsVideo
4/13/20181 CITY CLERK PUBLISHED   Action details Meeting details Not available
4/4/20181 MAYOR SIGNED   Action details Meeting details Not available
3/27/20181 COMMON COUNCIL PASSED

Minutes note: Ald. Borkowski moved to return the file to committee. The motion failed 3-9-3; Alds. Borkowski, Donovan, and Bohl voting aye, Alds. Coggs, Lewis, and Stamper abstaining, and remaining members voting no. Ald. Bauman requested to be added as a co-sponsor. There were no objections.
Pass12:2 Action details Meeting details Video Video
3/8/20180 PUBLIC SAFETY AND HEALTH COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTED

Minutes note: Appearing: Sponsor Ald. Cavallier Tony Snell - City of Milwaukee Equal Rights Commission Shelley Gregory - MKE LGBT Community Center Natalie Zanoni - MKE LGBT Community Center read a statement on behalf of an individual who experienced conversion therapy unsuccessfully. Dr. Bill Cawford - Mount Mary University Kim Skerven - Phycology Instructor at Alverno College Ald. Perez adn Lewis asked to be added as Co-sponsor, there were no objections
Pass4:0 Action details Meeting details Video Video
3/8/20180 PUBLIC SAFETY AND HEALTH COMMITTEE RECOMMENDED FOR PASSAGEPass2:0 Action details Meeting details Not available
2/27/20180 COMMON COUNCIL ASSIGNED TO   Action details Meeting details Not available

Number

171760

Version

SUBSTITUTE 1

Reference

 

Sponsor

ALD. JOHNSON, PEREZ, ZIELINSKI, BAUMAN AND KOVAC

Title

A substitute ordinance prohibiting the practice of conversion therapy.

Section

75-19 cr

Analysis

This ordinance prohibits the practice of conversion therapy in the city of Milwaukee.

Body

Whereas, Conversion therapy, also known as reparative therapy, is the practice of trying to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity; and

 

Whereas, Science recognizes that being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender is part of the natural spectrum of human identity and is not a disease, disorder, or illness; and

 

Whereas, The practice of conversion therapy is based on scientifically unfounded approaches not subject to peer review and is often conducted in a violent and damaging manner; and

 

Whereas, The American Psychological Association issued a report in 2009 that concluded that conversion therapy can pose critical health risks to lesbian, gay, and bisexual people including depression, suicidality, substance abuse, stress, and disconnection with family and friends; and

 

Whereas, Several states and municipalities have banned the practice; and

 

Whereas, A bill to ban conversion therapy was introduced at the federal level, which stalled in U.S. Congress in 2016; and

 

Whereas, The Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act, which is based in consumer fraud and focuses on illegalizing any conversion therapy that charges money, was filed in the U.S. Senate in April 2017; now, therefore 

 

The Mayor and Common Council of the City of Milwaukee do ordain as follows:

 

Part 1. Section 75-19 of the code is created to read:

 

75-19. Conversion Therapy Prohibited.

1. DEFINITIONS. In this section:

a. “Person” means any natural person, individual, corporation, unincorporated association, proprietorship, firm, partnership, joint venture, joint stock association, or other entity or business organization.

b. “Conversion therapy” means any practices or treatments offered or rendered to consumers for a fee, including psychological counseling, that seeks to change a person’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” does 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.

2. UNLAWFUL. It is unlawful for any person to practice conversion therapy with anyone under 18 years of age.

3. RULES AND REGULATIONS. The department is authorized to promulgate any rules and regulations it deems necessary to implement and enforce the provisions of this section.

4. PENALTY. Any person convicted of violating this section shall be subject to a forfeiture of not less than $500 nor more than $1,000 for each violation, and in default of payment thereof shall be imprisoned as provided by law. For purposes of this section, each day a person is found to have practiced conversion therapy shall be considered a separate violation.

LRB

APPROVED AS TO FORM

 

 

____________________________

Legislative Reference Bureau

Date:  ______________________

Attorney

IT IS OUR OPINION THAT THE ORDINANCE

IS LEGAL AND ENFORCEABLE

 

 

____________________________

Office of the City Attorney

Date:  ______________________

 

Requestor

 

Drafter

LRB 170455-1

Tea Norfolk

3/5/2018