HB548 (2021) Detail

Relative to the role of a guardian ad litem in cases where domestic violence is suspected or alleged.


HB 548  - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2021 SESSION

21-0742

05/04

 

HOUSE BILL 548

 

AN ACT relative to the role of a guardian ad litem in cases where domestic violence is suspected or alleged.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Gay, Rock. 8; Rep. Read, Rock. 17; Rep. Gould, Hills. 7; Rep. Elliott, Rock. 8; Rep. Prudhomme-O'Brien, Rock. 6; Rep. Pitre, Straf. 2; Rep. Ulery, Hills. 37; Rep. Cali-Pitts, Rock. 30; Rep. Altschiller, Rock. 19; Sen. Bradley, Dist 3

 

COMMITTEE: Children and Family Law

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill provides that if domestic violence is suspected or alleged in a parenting case, the guardian ad litem (GAL} shall refer the victim to a local crisis center or domestic violence counselor.  The bill also directs the GAL to determine whether law enforcement completed a lethality assessment protocol.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

21-0742

05/04

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty One

 

AN ACT relative to the role of a guardian ad litem in cases where domestic violence is suspected or alleged.

 

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

 

1 New Paragraph; Parental Rights and Responsibilities; Guardians Ad Litem; Domestic Violence Screening. Amend RSA 461-A:16 by inserting after paragraph II the following new paragraph:

II-a. When a guardian ad litem is appointed to a parenting case in which domestic violence is suspected or alleged, the guardian ad litem shall promptly refer the relevant party to a local crisis center or assessment by a domestic violence counselor as defined in RSA 173-C:1 III and, in appropriate cases, comply with mandatory reporting requirements for child abuse under RSA 169-C:29. The guardian ad litem shall also determine whether law enforcement completed a lethality assessment protocol regarding any party to the proceeding.

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

Links

HB548 at GenCourtMobile
HB548 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
March 3, 2021 House Hearing
March 11, 2021 House Exec Session
March 11, 2021 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB548 Revision: 31863 Date: Jan. 12, 2021, 12:53 p.m.

Docket


April 7, 2021: Reconsider (Rep. Osborne): MF VV 04/07/2021 HJ 5 P. 50


April 7, 2021: Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV 04/07/2021 HJ 5 P. 4


: Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 15-0; CC) HC 18 P. 3


March 11, 2021: Executive Session: 03/11/2021 9:30 a.m.


March 11, 2021: Executive Session: 03/11/2021 09:30 am Members of the public may attend using the following link: To join the webinar: https://www.zoom.us/j/91927749754


March 3, 2021: Public Hearing: 03/03/2021 01:30 pm Members of the public may attend using the following links: To join the webinar: https://www.zoom.us/j/99169761614 / Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day (time permitting) from the time the committee is initially convened.


Jan. 6, 2021: Introduced (in recess of) 01/06/2021 and referred to Children and Family Law HJ 2 P. 53