Reporting of child abuse or neglect.

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Reporting of child abuse or neglect. Provides that certain individuals at least 18 years of age but less than 21 years of age are included in the definitions for "child", "child abuse or neglect", and "victim of child abuse or neglect". Requires the department of child services to initiate an onsite assessment within 24 hours if a report alleges child abuse or neglect involving a residential facility licensed by the department. Provides that staff members of a medical institution, a medical facility, or any other health care facility have a duty to report child abuse immediately to both the department of child services and the local law enforcement agency. Provides that an individual's duty to report is nondelegable. Requires that if a report alleges that a staff member, youth coach, or volunteer is the abuser, local law enforcement shall investigate to determine whether the school or athletic facility reasonably should have known that the alleged abuse was happening. Allows local law enforcement to consider certain facts when determining whether the school or athletic facility reasonably should have known about the alleged abuse. Raises the penalty for failure to report to a Class A misdemeanor. (Under current law, it is a Class B misdemeanor.) Makes conforming changes.


Authored by Representative CashCoauthored by Representative Schaibley

Fiscal Outlook

Title Description Date View
Fiscal NoteFiscal Note #1: House Comm Sub2024-01-29 Click To View
Committee ReportHouse Committee Report2024-01-29 Click To View
Vote SheetVote Sheet January 25, 20242024-01-25 Click To View
Fiscal NoteFiscal Note #1: Introduced2024-01-04 Click To View


Date Chamber Action
2024-01-29HouseReferred to the Committee on Courts and Criminal Code pursuant to House Rule 127
2024-01-29HouseRepresentative Sweet L added as coauthor
2024-01-29HouseCommittee report: amend do pass, adopted
2024-01-18HouseRepresentative Bartlett added as coauthor
2024-01-08HouseFirst reading: referred to Committee on Family, Children and Human Affairs
2024-01-08HouseAuthored by Representative Cash
2024-01-08HouseCoauthored by Representative Schaibley