Plaindealer Staff Report
High profile bills are making their way through the Colorado legislature. Here are some to watch:
Extreme risk protection orders (HB19-1177)
Today (Feb. 21) the House Judiciary Committee is hearing a bill that would create the ability for a member of a family or household to petition a court for an extreme risk protection order requiring the respondent to surrender all of his or her firearms either to a law enforcement agency or to a federally licensed firearms dealer.
The petitioner must prove the respondent poses a significant risk to self or others by having a firearm in his or her custody or control or by possessing, purchasing or receiving a firearm. Respondents would be provided legal counsel at no cost.
The first order would be for 14 days, after which the family or law enforcement could petition for an order that would last up to 364 days. Petitioners may request extensions thereafter, and respondents may request the court to terminate the order while it is in effect.
If the bill is passed and signed, Colorado would join 13 other states that have enacted such laws.
Banning conversion therapy (HB19-1129)
The House passed a bill on Tuesday that would ban conversion therapy, meaning efforts to change an individual's sexual orientation, including efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attraction or feelings toward individuals of the same sex.
The bill allows disciplinary action from licensing boards if a psychiatrist or licensed mental health provider engages in conversion therapy with a person under 18 years of age.
“This dangerous practice harms children and falsely makes them believe that something is wrong with them through the use of shame, rejection and psychological abuse,” said Rep. Michaelson Jenet, a bill sponsor. If passed and signed into law, the bill would...