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April 7, 2005

Senate Bill 392: An Act Regarding Child Welfare Investigation Procedures

Author:
Senator Madison

Summary:
This bill revises the Arkansas child welfare law in several respects. One of the provisions requires social workers to advise the alleged offender of the allegations made against him at the initial contact. This is in partial compliance with federal requirements under the Keeping Children and Families Safe Act of 2003. States must also implement training for social workers to protect the statutory and constitutional rights of families during investigations. This bill should have been amended to add the training provisions.

Status:

02/15/2005Introduced and referred to Senate Judiciary Committee
03/01/2005Withdrawn, Corrected, amended, engrossed, and re-referred to Senate Judiciary Committee
03/07/2005Senate Committee Recommends "Do Pass"
03/09/2005Transmitted to House and referred to Committee on Aging, Children and Youth, Legislative and Military Affairs
03/25/2005House Committee Recommends "Do Pass"
03/29/2005Amended in House
03/30/2005Returned Amended to the Senate Judiciary Committee
04/01/2005Returned from Committee, recommended "Do Pass" with House amendment
04/04/2005Enrolled
04/05/2005Transmitted to the Governor
04/06/2005Notification that SB 392 is now Act 1708
04/07/2005Notification that SB 392 is now Act 1706

HSLDA's Position:
This bill should have been amended.

Action Requested:
None at this time.

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Bill History