Bill Text - HB1279 (2016)

Relative to grounds for termination of parental rights.


Revision: Dec. 14, 2015, midnight

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HB 1279 - AS INTRODUCED

 

2016 SESSION

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HOUSE BILL\t1279

 

AN ACT\trelative to grounds for termination of parental rights.

 

SPONSORS:\tRep. Prudhomme-O'Brien, Rock. 6; Rep. Hogan, Hills. 34; Rep. Green, Rock. 13; Rep. Spillane, Rock. 2; Rep. Potucek, Rock. 6; Rep. Doucette, Rock. 8; Rep. Burt, Hills. 39; Rep. Infantine, Hills. 13; Rep. Wuelper, Straf. 3; Rep. Seidel, Hills. 28; Sen. Cataldo, Dist 6

 

COMMITTEE:\tChildren and Family Law

 

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ANALYSIS

 

\tThis bill specifies that the state's obligation to file a petition to terminate the parental rights of a parent convicted of murder or manslaughter of a child's sibling or other parent applies to cases in which the child is born after the parent's conviction.  The bill also removes the state's discretion to file the petition in such cases.

 

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Explanation:\tMatter added to current law appears in bold italics.

\t\tMatter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

\t\tMatter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

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STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Sixteen

 

AN ACT\trelative to grounds for termination of parental rights.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

\t1  Grounds for Termination of Parental Rights.  Amend RSA 169-C:24-a, I(c)(1) and (2) to read as follows:

\t\t\t\t(1)  That the parent has been convicted of murder, pursuant to RSA 630:1-a or RSA 630:1-b, of another child of the parent, a sibling or step- sibling of the child, the child's other parent, or other persons related by consanguinity or affinity, including a minor child who resided with the defendant.  This subparagraph shall apply to the parent of a child born after the parent's conviction under RSA 630:1-a or RSA 630:1-b.

\t\t\t\t(2)  That the parent has been convicted of manslaughter, pursuant to RSA 630:2, of another child of the parent.  This subparagraph shall apply to the parent of a child born after the parent's conviction under RSA 630:2.

\t2  New Paragraph; Petition for Termination of Parental Rights.  Amend RSA 169-C:24-a by inserting after paragraph III the following new paragraph:

\t\tIII-a.  Paragraph III shall not apply to petitions brought under subparagraph I(c)(1) or I(c)(2).

\t3  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect January 1, 2017.

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