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2013 House Bill 4962: Mandate SIDS information distribution & parent acknowledgement

Public Act 122 of 2014

  1. Introduced by Rep. Gail Haines (R) on September 10, 2013, to mandate that hospitals give mothers a copy of a pamphlet on the risk factors of sudden infant death syndrome and sudden unexpected infant death ( SIDS and SUID) and require parents to sign a statement acknowledging that they were given the pamphlet. This would also apply to a health professional in charge of a birth outside of a hospital or “in charge of the care of a newborn.” The Department of Community Health would be responsible for producing the pamphlets, and for producing a “safe sleep” video.
    • Referred to the House Health Policy Committee on September 10, 2013.
      • Reported in the House on October 8, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on November 6, 2013. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on November 6, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Gail Haines (R) on February 18, 2014, to remove a provision requiring parents to sign a statement that they have received the mandated informational material. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on February 18, 2014.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Lisa Lyons (R) on February 18, 2014, to remove a provision requiring parents to sign a statement that they have received the mandated informational material. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on February 18, 2014.
  2. Passed 105 to 3 in the House on February 18, 2014, to mandate that hospitals give mothers a copy of a pamphlet on the risk factors of sudden infant death syndrome and sudden unexpected infant death (SIDS and SUID). This would also apply to a health professional in charge of a birth or a newborn's care outside of a hospital. The Department of Community Health would be responsible for producing the pamphlets and related material.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on February 19, 2014.
    • Referred to the Senate Health Policy Committee on February 19, 2014.
      • Reported in the Senate on April 22, 2014, with the recommendation that the bill pass.
  4. Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on April 24, 2014, to mandate that hospitals give mothers a copy of a pamphlet on the risk factors of sudden infant death syndrome and sudden unexpected infant death (SIDS and SUID). This would also apply to a health professional in charge of a birth or a newborn's care outside of a hospital. The Department of Community Health would be responsible for producing the pamphlets and related material.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on May 14, 2014.

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