Conversion Therapy (Attorney General) (Office of the Attorney General - Maine)

Joey Del Ponte filed this request with the Office of the Attorney General - Maine of Maine.
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From: Joey Del Ponte


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Maine Freedom of Access Act, I hereby request the following records:

All available records (including consumer complaints, memos, communications, and investigations) containing the following non-case sensitive phrases:

- Conversion Therapy,
- Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE),
- Ex-Gay Therapy,
- Reparative Therapy, and/or
- Same-Sex Attraction (SSA) Therapy.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by 1 M.R.S.A. ยง 408(6). The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Joey Del Ponte

From: Office of the Attorney General - Maine

Mr. Del Ponte,

Please consider this an acknowledgment of your FOAA request, as stated below:

All available records (including consumer complaints, memos, communications, and investigations) containing the following non-case sensitive phrases:

- Conversion Therapy,
- Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE),
- Ex-Gay Therapy,
- Reparative Therapy, and/or
- Same-Sex Attraction (SSA) Therapy.
. I have forwarded your FOAA to the public access officer for this office, Phyllis Gardiner.

Thank you,
Brenda

Brenda L. Kielty
Assistant Attorney General
Public Access Ombudsman
6 State House Station | Augusta, ME 04333

From: Office of the Attorney General - Maine

We have received your request and will determine whether we have any public documents that are responsive.

I hope to have a definitive answer for you by the end of next week.

Linda J. Conti

Assistant Attorney General
Chief Consumer Protection Division
Office of the Attorney General
Burton Cross Building
SHS# 6
Augusta, ME 04333
207-626- 8591

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE:
This e-mail message, including any attachments, is for the sole use of the intended recipient(s) and may contain confidential and privileged information. Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure or distribution is prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender by reply e-mail and destroy all copies of the original message.

From: Office of the Attorney General - Maine

To Muckrock.com

You have requested that this office provide: All available records (including consumer complaints, memos, communications, and investigations) containing the following non-case sensitive phrases:

- Conversion Therapy,
- Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE),
- Ex-Gay Therapy,
- Reparative Therapy, and/or
- Same-Sex Attraction (SSA) Therapy.

Our response is as follows:

Investigations and consumer complaints are not public records so we would not produce them even if we had any, which we do not.

We do not have any memos responsive to your request.

We do have some emails and newsletters that contain the phrase "Conversion Therapy." We do not have documents that contain any of the other phrases you describe in your request. The emails that we have concern LD 912 which was introduced in our legislature last session. That bill involved a ban on conversion therapy. I am going to send the emails that I found to you as attachments. It will take more than one email to get them all to you. These are emails that I sent and received. It should give you a complete picture of the email chains that were exchanged at that time. This production may not be complete. If you want us to do an exhaustive search to make sure we have all of the possible emails regarding LD 912, it will take several hours to complete such a search and will involve some expense to you. Please let me know if you want us to continue to do work on this matter or to give you an estimate of what it would cost to do so.

Linda J. Conti

Assistant Attorney General
Chief Consumer Protection Division
Office of the Attorney General
Burton Cross Building
SHS# 6
Augusta, ME 04333
207-626- 8591

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE:
This e-mail message, including any attachments, is for the sole use of the intended recipient(s) and may contain confidential and privileged information. Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure or distribution is prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender by reply e-mail and destroy all copies of the original message.

From: Office of the Attorney General - Maine

Here is the second batch of emails responsive to your FOA request.

Linda J. Conti

Assistant Attorney General
Chief Consumer Protection Division
Office of the Attorney General
Burton Cross Building
SHS# 6
Augusta, ME 04333
207-626- 8591

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE:
This e-mail message, including any attachments, is for the sole use of the intended recipient(s) and may contain confidential and privileged information. Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure or distribution is prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender by reply e-mail and destroy all copies of the original message.

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