Conversion therapy ban, other high-profile bills up for vote today in MN House

Published On: February 20th, 20230.8 min readCategories: Covid-19, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News

The Minnesota House votes on three high-profile bills later today (330pm debate start):

One is a controversial ban on so-called “conversion therapy” for children or vulnerable adults, which has a goal of encouraging those struggling with their sexual orientation to be heterosexual.  Opponents say forcing people against their natural inclination can cause serious long-term psychological harm.  Backers of conversion therapy say someone who sincerely wishes to reject a homosexual inclination, for religious or other reasons, should have the opportunity to pursue that path.   Also on the House floor today:  a bill making it more difficult for thieves to sell stolen catalytic converters, and a bill to fund a state office to investigate missing and murdered Black women and girls.   Meanwhile, there are hearings today on a bill that would put certain restrictions on direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies… on eliminating current restrictions on below-cost sales of gasoline… and there’s a Senate hearing on Democrats’ controversial plan for paid family and medical leave for all Minnesota workers.

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