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Senate Bill 6: Increase of State Authority over Parents
Senator Jane Nelson (District 12)
This bill makes it a criminal offense for any person to interfere in a departmental investigation. If that person takes, retains, or conceals the child, and the action is interpreted as interfering with the investigation, they can be found guilty of a Class B misdemeanor. We are concerned that if a parent simply stands on their Fourth Amendment rights and refuses a social worker entry to their home to investigate, that action could be prosecuted criminally. This would violate the constitutional rights of families.
This bill would also open the door for unannounced visits and monitoring by social workers of families with adopted children. Under the law, children who are adopted become that family's child. The same Fourth Amendment and parental rights apply to those families with adopted children. This bill would allow for monitoring and visitation of families with adopted children by social workers.
|01/31/2005||Assigned to Senate Health and Human Services Committee|
|02/28/2005||Passed by substitute to full Senate|
|03/03/2005||Passed by full Senate|
|03/14/2005||Referred to House Human Services Committee|
|05/29/2005||Passed by full House|
|05/31/2005||Sent to governor|
|06/06/2005||Signed by the governor|
HSLDA is opposed to this bill.
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