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2014 Senate Bill 974: Expand court authority in child welfare cases
  1. Introduced by Sen. Bruce Caswell (R) on June 10, 2014, to give a court with jurisdiction over a juvenile's care and supervision the authority to issue orders affecting a “party” if these are considered necessary, with "party" defined as the petitioner and the juvenile in a delinquency proceeding; and in a child protective proceeding, the petitioner, child, respondent, parent or guardian, and a child caring institution or child placing agency under contract with the state.
    • Referred to the Senate Families, Seniors & Human Services Committee on June 10, 2014.
      • Reported in the Senate on October 1, 2014, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered by Sen. Bruce Caswell (R) on November 12, 2014, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance as previously described. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on November 12, 2014.
  2. Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on November 12, 2014.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on November 12, 2014.
    • Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on November 12, 2014.
      • Reported in the House on December 10, 2014, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.