Federal Legislation
June 30, 2003

S. 342 - Keeping Children and Families Safe Act of 2003 (CAPTA)

Action Requested:
None at this time. HSLDA's National Center is tracking this legislation.

Background:
Official purpose: A bill to amend the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act to make improvements to and reauthorize programs under that Act, and for other purposes.

Introduced: February 11, 2003 by Senator Judd Gregg, [NH]

Cosponsors: (4)

Status:

2/11/2003:Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
2/12/2003:Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions ordered to be reported without amendment.
3/4/2003: Reported by Senator Gregg without amendment. Placed on Calendar.
3/19/2003:Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
3/20/2003:Message on Senate action sent to the House. Received in the House.
3/26/2003:Language considered by unanimous consent of the House. The House struck all after the enacting clause and inserted in lieu thereof the provisions of a similar measure, H.R. 14. Passed without objection.
3/27/2003:Message on House action received in Senate and at desk: House amendment to Senate bill.
4/3/2003:Senate disagreed to House amendment, requested a conference, and appointed conferees: Sen. Gregg; Sen. Alexander; Sen. DeWine; Sen. Kennedy; Sen. Dodd.
4/7/2003:Rep. Boehner asked unanimous consent that the House insist upon its amendment, and agree to a conference. Agreed to without objection. The Speaker appointed conferees - from the House Committee on Education and the Workforce for consideration of the Senate bill and the House amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Rep. Boehner, Rep. Hoekstra, Rep. Porter, Rep. Greenwood, Rep. Norwood, Rep. Gingrey, Rep. Burns, Rep. Miller, Rep. George, Rep. Hinojosa, Rep. Davis (CA), Rep. Ryan (OH), and Rep. Davis (IL).
5/22/2003:Conferees agreed to file conference report.
6/12/2003:Conference papers: Senate report and manager's statement held at the desk in Senate. Conference report H. Rept. 108-150 filed.
6/17/2003:On agreeing to the conference report Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 421 - 3 (Roll no. 282). Motions to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
6/18/2003:Conference papers: message on House action held at the desk in Senate.
6/19/2003:Senate agreed to conference report by Unanimous Consent. Cleared for White House.
6/20/2003:Message on Senate action sent to the House.
6/25/2003:Signed by President. Became Public Law No: 108-36.

Bill Summary and Status

HSLDA's Position:
HSLDA has been working with Congressional staff to amend present CAPTA law in order to protect parent's rights during child abuse investigations.

 Other Resources

Update on CAPTA 1/3/2003

CAPTA in the 107th Congress (2001-2002)

Related Bills: H.R. 14 (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

S. 342 (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)