A controversial transgender bill that recently became law is returning to the Missouri Legislature.

The Missouri Save Adolescents from Experimentation, or SAFE Act law bans doctors from prescribing or giving cross-sex hormones or puberty-blocking drugs to any person under 18 years old. It also bans physicians from doing gender transition surgery on minors.

It also has an expiration of August 2027. Rep. Brad Hudson, R-Cape Fair, has a bill that would get rid of the expiration date.

“We’ll put six-year sunsets on certain tax credits, but we can’t protect kids for more than four years, I think that’s ridiculous,” Hudson said. “I think we should do something about that. Whether or not my legislation to do something about that will get traction or not is yet to be seen.”

Despite priding himself as a small government Republican, he said there are times when the government should get involved.

“There is an understanding, even among small government Republicans such as myself, that children need (to be) protected from certain activities, certain substances, because they have not developed to a point cognitively where they can fully grasp the life-altering decisions that they could be making,” said Hudson.

Senate Minority Floor Leader John Rizzo, D-Independence, called the bill ‘distraction politics’ and a ‘red herring.’

“You know we didn’t say in the SAFE Act that adults could not get sex change drugs and surgeries,” he said. “It wasn’t about that. What it was about was protecting children.”

A state house committee on Emerging Issues is scheduled to hear the bill on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. in Jefferson City. Click here for more about that committee meeting.

Click here for more information on his bill.

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