Holding Therapy Bills in Holding Pattern

Holding Therapy Bills in Holding Pattern


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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Two Republican state legislators from Orem are waiting for each other to reopen the fight over holding therapy for emotionally troubled children.

On Capitol Hill today, the fight was in a holding pattern.

Representative Mike Thompson wants to ban all forms of the unconventional therapy, blaming it for killing some children.

Senator Parley Hellewell wants to let therapists use holding therapy, an embrace meant to overpower a child. His bill would ban only the most extreme forms that could suffocate a child.

Thompson's bill was approved 68-to-two by the Utah House of Representatives, but he couldn't get it by a Senate committee, which deadlocked four-to-four while taking no vote on Hellewell's measure.

Hellewell on Friday sent his bill back to the Senate Rules Committee to languish until Thompson makes his next move.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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