SB 549 - AS INTRODUCED
SENATE BILL 549
SPONSORS: Sen. Morgan, Dist 23; Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 21; Sen. Bradley, Dist 3; Sen. Gray, Dist 6; Sen. Sherman, Dist 24; Rep. Berrien, Rock. 18; Rep. Rice, Hills. 37; Rep. M. Pearson, Rock. 34
This bill adds step-parent to the definition of parent under RSA 169-C. The bill also establishes a rebuttable presumption of harm for purposes of determining neglect under the child protection act and directs the department of health and human services to provide training regarding the statute's application.
The bill is a request of the department of health and human services.
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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.
Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]
Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
XXI. "Parent" means mother, father, adoptive parent, step-parent, but such term shall not include a parent as to whom the parent-child relationship has been terminated by judicial decree or voluntary relinquishment.
169-C:12-f Rebuttable Presumption of Harm. There shall be a rebuttable presumption that a child's health has suffered or is likely to suffer serious impairment by exposure to any of the following conduct:
I. Evidence of a parent, guardian, or custodian's substance misuse that is adversely affecting a child's care or supervision, when that parent, guardian, or custodian is not actively engaged in treatment;
II. Evidence of a parent, guardian, or custodian's impaired driving or operating of a motor vehicle in violation of RSA 265-A:2 or RSA 265-A:3, while a minor is in the vehicle; or
III. Evidence of a perpetrator parent, guardian, or custodian's exposure of a child to:
(a) Physical violence directed at a household member; or
(b) Pervasive emotionally abusive behavior, which shall include, but not be limited to, patterns of threatening, berating, or demeaning behavior, directed at the child or another household member.
3 Training. Prior to January 1, 2021, the department of health and human services, division for children, youth, and families (DCYF), in partnership with the New Hampshire Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence, shall provide training to DCYF child protection staff, Court Appointed Special Advocates, family court judges, and other system partners regarding the implementation of this act.
I. RSA 169-C:12-f, III, as inserted by section 2 of this act, shall take effect January 1, 2021.
II. The remainder of the act shall take effect July 1, 2020.
|Feb. 18, 2020||Senate||Hearing|
|Jan. 8, 2020||To Be Introduced 01/08/2020 and Referred to Judiciary; SJ 1|
|Feb. 18, 2020||Hearing: 02/18/2020, Room 100, SH, 09:00 am; SC 7|
|June 16, 2020||Vacated from Committee and Laid on Table, MA, VV; 06/16/2020 SJ 8|
|June 16, 2020||No Pending Motion; 06/16/2020 SJ 8|