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2017 Senate Bill 421: Revise foster care custody detail

Public Act 62 of 2018

Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on May 31, 2017
To revise details of considerations used in deciding whether a child placed in foster care should be released to the custody of his or her parents. Among other things, the package comprised of Senate Bills 419 to 421 would revise the statutory definition of "neglect" so that it aligns with some recent court rulings, including one potentially limiting neglect findings related to a parent's lack of financial resources, but not where the parent was offered and did not take social welfare benefits.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Families, Seniors & Human Services Committee on May 31, 2017
Reported in the Senate on June 13, 2017
With the recommendation that the bill pass.
Amendment offered in the Senate on November 29, 2017
To give a court discretion over whether failing to provide proper care for a child due to financial reasons constitutes "neglect".
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on November 29, 2017
Received in the House on November 30, 2017
Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on November 30, 2017
Reported in the House on February 7, 2018
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered by Rep. Jim Runestad (R) on February 15, 2018
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 House on February 15, 2018
Received in the Senate on February 21, 2018
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on March 13, 2018