MIAMI — A bill that would have made it a felony for doctors to provide transgender minors with hormone therapy or to perform gender reassignment surgery died in committee this week, the Miami Herald reports.
The bill would have carried a maximum penalty of a $10,000 fine or 15 years in prison.
The House Health Quality Subcommittee on Monday held a workshop filled with hours of testimony both for and against the bill. Chair Colleen Burton (R-Lakeland) announced at the end that it would be the last time the committee meets.
Lawmakers in Colorado, Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma and South Carolina have filed similar bills that would penalize doctors who take part in treating transgender youth.
In South Dakota’s Republican-dominated House, lawmakers passed a bill last week that makes it a misdemeanor for doctors to provide hormones and sex reassignment surgery for children under 16. It carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,000.