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File #: 21-0697    Version: 1
Type: Bill Status: Passed
File created: 6/14/2021 In control: Safety, Housing, Education & Homelessness Committee
On agenda: 7/12/2021 Final action: 7/19/2021
Title: A bill for an ordinance amending the health and sanitation chapter of the Denver Revised Municipal Code to align testing for sexually transmitted infections with state statute. Amends Chapter 24 of the Denver Revised Municipal Code to align requirements for testing for sexually transmitted infections with state statute. The Committee approved filing this item at its meeting on 6-23-21.
Indexes: Emily Lapel
Attachments: 1. BR21 0697 DDPHE STI Ordinance Request, 2. BR21 0697 DDPHE STI Ordinance Draft Bill, 3. 24-131 STI Safehouse Presentation, 4. 21-0697 Filed BIll_STI Ordinance - 3, 5. 21-0697 Filed BIll_STI Ordinance - 3, 6. CdeBaca Amendment to CB21-0697 revised, 7. 21-0697 - signed, 8. CB21-0697 For an ordinance amending the health and sanitation chapter of the Denver
Other/Miscellaneous Request Template (Appointments; ROW; Code Changes; Zoning Action, etc.)

Date Submitted: 6-14-21

Requesting Agency: Department of Public Health and Environment
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Subject Matter Expert Name:

Name: Will Fenton & Kevin Kelly
Email: kevin.kelly@denvergov.org

Item Title & Description:
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A bill for an ordinance amending the health and sanitation chapter of the Denver Revised Municipal Code to align testing for sexually transmitted infections with state statute.
Amends Chapter 24 of the Denver Revised Municipal Code to align requirements for testing for sexually transmitted infections with state statute. The Committee approved filing this item at its meeting on 6-23-21.
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Affected Council District(s) or citywide? Citywide

Executive Summary with Rationale and Impact:
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Denver Revised Municipal Code 24-131 gives DDPHE the ability to mandate testing for sexually transmitted infections in order to protect public health. While noble in aim, the ordinance's language discriminates against sex workers. Black women are significantly over represented in arrests for sex work creating serious public health inequality for this population. State statute 25-4-412 removes this inequality while still maintaining DDPHE's authority to mandate testing when necessary to protect public health. In an effort to protect the health of the partners of individuals who attempt to purchase sex better know...

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