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