Registry of convicted child abusers

The Senate Judiciary Committee heard Sen Yoder’s SB 357 creating a registry of convicted child abusers. This bill defines "crime of child abuse" and requires the State Police Department (department) to establish an electronic child abuse registry containing information … [Read more...]

No contact orders and battery

The House Courts and Criminal Code Committee heard HB 1069 on no contact orders and battery, authored by Rep. Zent. The bill allows a petition to be filed with the juvenile court to order a person to refrain from contact with a member of a foster family home. The … [Read more...]

Guardianship; Department of Child Services

The House Family, Children and Human Affairs Committee heard HB1183 authored by Rep. Frizzell on guardianship; department of child services. The bill allows a parent to delegate the guardianship powers for a period longer than 12 months if the parent is on active duty … [Read more...]

Children in need of services

The Senate Judiciary Committee heard SB 26 authored by Sen. Steele on children in need of services. The bill creates a presumption that a child is a child in need of services if the child is living in the same household as an adult who (1) committed certain offenses, or … [Read more...]

Juvenile release by intake officers

The Senate Corrections and Criminal Law Committee heard SB 90 authored by Sen. Zakas on conditional juvenile release by intake officers. The bill permits a juvenile intake officer to impose conditions (home detention, curfew restrictions, etc.) upon a juvenile’s release … [Read more...]

Department of Child Services reporting

The Senate Family and Children Services Committee heard SB 131 on Department of Child Services reporting authored by Sen. Broden and Sen. Grooms.  Sen. Broden stated this legislation would define near fatalities to include "life threatening" injuries.”  “Life … [Read more...]