Alabama ban on transgender treatments for minors among last-day bills

Alabama ban on transgender treatments for minors among last-day bills

A bill to ban hormones and surgeries as transgender therapies for minors will be among the most closely watched on the final day of the Alabama’s annual legislative session. Lawmakers wrap up the 15-week session on Monday, meeting for the 30th day, the limit set in the state constitution. Other bills with a chance to pass on the last day would change state law on health care emergencies and vaccines, gun control, education, and prisons. One topic lawmakers probably won’t tackle on the last day is gambling. A bill to allow voters to decide whether to approve a lottery and casinos stalled in the House on May 6, the last day legislators met before a one-week break. Legislative leaders say it’s unlikely they will consider that on the last day. The bill to ban transgender treatments for people under 19, called the Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act, has been hashed out at several public hearings. The legislation is by Sen. Shay Shelnutt, R-Trussville, and Rep. Wes Allen, R-Troy. The Senate passed it last year and again this year, but it has not come up for a vote in the House. That could happen Monday. The Republican majority in the State House has shown strong support for the bill.Democrats have generally opposed it. Supporters of the bill say it protects minors experiencing gender dysphoria from long-range consequences of puberty-blocking medications, cross-sex hormones, and surgeries. Opponents of the legislation say puberty blockers and hormones are used after extensive counseling and […]

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