PIERRE, S.D. (KELO) — A House State Affairs committee has made changes to a proposed bill that would enact the Vulnerable Child Protection Act.

It passed 8-5 and will move to a full House vote.

Voting Yes were Republicans Lee Qualm of Platte, Arch Beal of Sioux Falls, Drew Dennert of Aberdeen, Tim Goodwin of Rapid City, Spencer Gosch of Glenham, Jon Hansen of Dell Rapids, Steven Haugaard of Sioux Falls and Kevin Jensen of Canton.

Voting no were Republicans Michael Diedrich of Rapid City, Kent Peterson of Salem and David Anderson of Hudson, and Democrats Jamie Smith of Sioux Falls and Steven McCleerey of Sisseton.

At the request of the sponsor of House Bill 1057, the bill would only apply medical professionals who perform gender-affirming procedures on children under age 16. It also changes the penalty to a class 1 misdemeanor, rather than a felony as first proposed.

The hearing on the bill began at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday and featured plenty of testimony before the committee vote.

Capitol News Bureau Chief Bob Mercer reports the group endorsed a “watered-down” version of House Bill 1057.

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