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SB 948: Child Welfare


Child Welfare; Specifying circumstances under which a court is required or authorized, on or after a specified date, to appoint a guardian ad litem in certain proceedings; renaming the Guardian Ad Litem Qualifications Committee as the Child Well-Being Qualifications Committee; requiring the Statewide Guardian Ad Litem Office to develop guidelines to identify conflicts of interest of guardians ad litem; creating the Statewide Office of Child Representation within the Justice Administrative Commission; specifying when the court is required or authorized to appoint an attorney for the child, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2022
Last Action: 3/14/2022 Senate - Died in Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF
Senate Committee References:
  1. Children, Families, and Elder Affairs (CF)
  2. Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice (ACJ)
  3. Appropriations (AP)

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  • Bill History

    Date Chamber Action
    11/16/2021 Senate • Filed
    11/30/2021 Senate • Referred to Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice; Appropriations -SJ 64
    1/6/2022 Senate • On Committee agenda-- Children, Families, and Elder Affairs, 01/11/22, 1:30 pm, 37 Senate Building
    1/11/2022 Senate • Introduced -SJ 64
    • Favorable by Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; YEAS 7 NAYS 0 -SJ 114
    1/12/2022 Senate • Now in Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice
    3/12/2022 Senate • Indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration
    3/14/2022 Senate • Died in Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice

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  • SB 948, Original Filed Version (Current Bill Version) Posted 11/16/2021 at 4:49 PM

    Bill Text:   Web Page | PDF
    Analyses:   Children, Families, and Elder Affairs (Pre-Meeting) 1/11/2022 (pdf)
    Children, Families, and Elder Affairs (Post-Meeting) 1/12/2022 (pdf)

    Related Bills (1)

    Bill Number Subject Filed By Relationship Last Action and Location Track Bills
    H 1549 Child Representation Maggard Identical Last Action: 3/14/2022 H Died in Children, Families & Seniors Subcommittee

    Committee Votes (1)

    Date Committee Result
    1/11/2022 1:30 PM Children, Families, and Elder Affairs 7 Yeas - 0 Nays

    Citations - Statutes (39)

    Citation Catchline Location in Bill Location In Bill Help
    28.345 State access to records; exemption from court-related fees and charges. Page 23 (pdf)
    29.007 Court-appointed counsel. Page 23 (pdf)
    39.001 Purposes and intent; personnel standards and screening. Page 25 (pdf)
    39.00145 Records concerning children. Page 27 (pdf)
    39.01 Definitions. Page 4 (pdf)
    39.013 Procedures and jurisdiction; right to counsel. Page 5 (pdf)
    39.01305 Appointment of an attorney for a dependent child with certain special needs. Page 5 (pdf)
    39.0132 Oaths, records, and confidential information. Page 28 (pdf)
    39.0139 Visitation or other contact; restrictions. Page 30 (pdf)
    39.202 Confidentiality of reports and records in cases of child abuse or neglect; exception. Page 31 (pdf)
    39.302 Protective investigations of institutional child abuse, abandonment, or neglect. Page 32 (pdf)
    39.402 Placement in a shelter. Page 33 (pdf)
    39.407 Medical, psychiatric, and psychological examination and treatment of child; physical, mental, or substance abuse examination of person with or requesting child custody. Page 35 (pdf)
    39.4085 Goals for dependent children; responsibilities; education. Page 42 (pdf)
    39.502 Notice, process, and service. Page 43 (pdf)
    39.521 Disposition hearings; powers of disposition. Page 44 (pdf)
    39.6011 Case plan development. Page 49 (pdf)
    39.6012 Case plan tasks; services. Page 49 (pdf)
    39.6251 Continuing care for young adults. Page 50 (pdf)
    39.701 Judicial review. Page 50 (pdf)
    39.702 Citizen review panels. Page 42 (pdf)
    39.801 Procedures and jurisdiction; notice; service of process. Page 52 (pdf)
    39.802 Petition for termination of parental rights; filing; elements. Page 54 (pdf)
    39.808 Advisory hearing; pretrial status conference. Page 55 (pdf)
    39.810 Manifest best interests of the child. Page 55 (pdf)
    39.811 Powers of disposition; order of disposition. Page 56 (pdf)
    39.812 Postdisposition relief; petition for adoption. Page 56 (pdf)
    39.822 Appointment of guardian ad litem for abused, abandoned, or neglected child. Page 6 (pdf)
    39.8296 Statewide Guardian Ad Litem Office; legislative findings and intent; creation; appointment of executive director; duties of office. Page 9 (pdf)
    39.83 Page 14 (pdf)
    39.831 Page 19 (pdf)
    43.16 Justice Administrative Commission; membership, powers and duties. Page 57 (pdf)
    63.085 Disclosure by adoption entity. Page 59 (pdf)
    322.09 Application of minors; responsibility for negligence or misconduct of minor. Page 60 (pdf)
    394.495 Child and adolescent mental health system of care; programs and services. Page 61 (pdf)
    627.746 Coverage for minors who have a learner’s driver license; additional premium prohibited. Page 61 (pdf)
    768.28 Waiver of sovereign immunity in tort actions; recovery limits; civil liability for damages caused during a riot; limitation on attorney fees; statute of limitations; exclusions; indemnification; risk management programs. Page 62 (pdf)
    934.255 Subpoenas in investigations of sexual offenses. Page 62 (pdf)
    960.065 Eligibility for awards. Page 63 (pdf)

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