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April 6, 2009

House Bill 3960: Requires Interviews by DCFS of Abused Children to be Videotaped

Author:
Rep. Constance A. Howard

Summary:
Amends the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act. Provides that certain interviews of a child who is alleged to be an abused child may not be conducted unless the interview is videotaped and audiotaped by the Department of Children and Family Services. Requires that the department preserve those videotapes and audiotapes and other materials until all judgments in legal proceedings relating to the victim-sensitive interview are final and all direct and habeas corpus appeals are exhausted or such legal proceedings are barred by law. Provides for access to copies of the preserved materials by a party to a proceeding relating to the materials. Effective immediately.

Status:

2/26/2009(House) Filed with the Clerk by Rep. Constance A. Howard
2/26/2009(House) First Reading
2/26/2009(House) Referred to Rules Committee
3/3/2009(House) Assigned to Judiciary II—Criminal Law Committee
3/12/2009(House) Do Pass / Short Debate Judiciary II — Criminal Law Committee; 7-0
3/12/2009(House) Placed on Calendar 2nd Reading - Short Debate
4/1/2009(House) Second Reading - Short Debate
4/1/2009(House) Held on Calendar Order of Second Reading - Short Debate
4/3/2009(House) Rule 19(b) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

This bill failed to pass, and is now dead.

Hearings:
Judiciary II—Criminal Law Committee hearing, March, 12, 2009, 8:15 a.m. in the Stratton Building, Room D-1 Springfield, IL

HSLDA’s Position:
Support.

Action Requested:
No action needed at this time.

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