Maximum number of foster children

The Senate Committee on Family and Children Services heard SB 184 authored by Sens. Zay and Ford on the maximum number of foster children. The bill increases from five to six the number of children who may be supervised in a foster family home. Sen. Zay explained that … [Read more...]

Child neglect defense

S.E.A. 246, P.L. 263 Effective: July 1, 2017 Specifies under the safe haven law that it is a defense to a claim of neglect of a dependent if the individual left the child: (1) with a person who is an emergency medical services provider; or (2) in a newborn safety … [Read more...]

Child neglect defense

The House Judiciary Committee heard SB 246 sponsored by Rep. Carbaugh and Rep. Holdman on child neglect defense. This bill specifies that it is a defense to a claim of neglect of a dependent if the individual left the child with a person who is an emergency medical … [Read more...]

Abortion, child abuse, and human trafficking

The House Public Policy Committee continued discussion on SB 404 regarding abortion, child abuse, and human trafficking sponsored by Rep. Mayfield and Rep. Washburne. An amendment was adopted to require parental notification in judicial bypass proceedings unless the … [Read more...]

Child services

The House Family, Children and Human Affairs Committee heard SB 447, sponsored by Rep. Frizzell, Rep McNamara, Rep. J. Taylor, on child services. Sen. Merritt, author, introduced the legislation, which is the Department of Child Services (DCS) bill for 2017.  It … [Read more...]

Abortion, child abuse, and human trafficking

The House Public Policy Committee heard SB 404 on abortion, child abuse, and human trafficking sponsored by Rep. Mayfield and Rep. Washburne. Author Sen. Houchin characterized the bill as strengthening parental rights by requiring parental consent with proof of identity … [Read more...]

Accessing child pornography

The Senate Corrections and Criminal Law Committee heard HB 1091, sponsored by Sen. Tomes, on accessing child pornography. The bill makes it a Level 6 felony to access with intent to view a photograph or other pictorial representation that depicts or describes sexual … [Read more...]