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April 16, 2003

Senate Bill 223: Requires Pastors to Report Child Abuse

Sponsor:
Senator Alice Costandina (Dina) Titus (D), District 7.

Summary:
Senate Bill 223 would have changed Nevada law to force pastors to report all evidence of abuse or neglect, even if they only learn of the problem because a parent comes to them to seek pastoral counseling.

Status:
3/03/2003 Introduced and referred to Committee on Judiciary.
4/12/2003 Pursuant to Joint Standing Rule No. 14.3.1, no further action allowed. Since SB 223 failed to meet the April 11 deadline, the bill is dead.

Action Requested:
None.

HSLDA's Position:
Opposed. HSLDA believes that pastors should be free to help parents in need without necessarily reporting them to the authorities, yet must also be free to deal Biblically with abusers who refuse to repent.

 Other Resources

4/22/2003 - 4/22/2003 - Nevada--Homeschoolers Fix Two Dangerous Bills

3/6/2003 - Nevada--Oppose Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting for Pastors

Bill Text (PDF)

Bill History