Senate Bill 2623: Revises the Definition of Felonious Child Abuse

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Last Updated: February 6, 2013
Senate Bill 2623: Revises the Definition of Felonious Child Abuse
Sponsors:
Senators Wiggins, Doty, and Longwitz
Summary:

This bill would revise the definition of felonious child abuse to prohibit certain acts against a child. While most of the changes are not objectionable, one change would make it a crime to inflict physical pain or injury on a special needs education child or a child with a mental or physical disability, no matter what the diagnosis. This language is too broad and would subject a parent or teacher to 20 years in prison for minor corporal punishment of a child who had been willfully disobedient.

HSLDA's Position:

This bill should be opposed in its current form.

Action Requested:
None at this time
Status:

Died in committee. See "Bill History" link below.

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Bill History