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2013 House Bill 5039: Expand mandatory child death investigations

Public Act 243 of 2014

  1. Introduced by Rep. Kenneth Kurtz (R) on October 2, 2013, to expand the duties of the state “children's ombudsman” to include investigating all deaths of a child if there was an active or recent child protective services investigation or complaint, or the child was in foster care (with some exceptions). This office would also be required to report any immediate safety concerns regarding a child in an active or open protective services or foster care case to the appropriate state agency.
    • Referred to the House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee on October 2, 2013.
      • Reported in the House on February 19, 2014, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on February 26, 2014. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on February 26, 2014.
  2. Passed 108 to 0 in the House on February 27, 2014.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on March 4, 2014.
    • Referred to the Senate Families, Seniors & Human Services Committee on March 4, 2014.
      • Reported in the Senate on June 10, 2014, with the recommendation that the bill pass.
  4. Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 11, 2014, to expand the duties of the state “children's ombudsman” to include investigating all deaths of a child if there was an active or recent child protective services investigation or complaint, or the child was in foster care (with some exceptions). This office would also be required to report any immediate safety concerns regarding a child in an active or open protective services or foster care case to the appropriate state agency.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on June 21, 2014.

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