House Bill 629: Grandparent Guardians

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Last Updated: May 23, 2017
House Bill 629: Grandparent Guardians
Sponsors:
Representatives M. MacKay, LeBrun, J. MacKay, Cote, Rosenwald, Notter, Walz, M. McCarthy, Baldasaro, Seidel; Senators D'Allesandro, Lasky, Avard
Summary:

This bill would would make the following provisions regarding grandparent guardians. If a parent objects to a grandparent’s petition for guardianship based on the parent’s substance abuse/dependence, the burden of proof is on the petitioner. There is a preference for a grandparent to be guardian in a case where guardianship is sought because of parent’s substance abuse/dependence. If a grandparent is granted guardianship because of a parent’s substance abuse/dependence, the burden of proof to terminate guardianship is preponderance of evidence and doesn’t shift to the guardian.

HSLDA's Position:
Neutral.
Action Requested:
None at this time
Status:
1/5/2017 (House) Introduced and Referred to Children and Family Law
2/8/2017 (House) Public Hearing: 02/14/2017 03:00 PM LOB 206
2/23/2017 (House) Committee Report: Ought to Pass (Vote 12-0; CC)
3/08/2017 (House) Ought to Pass: MA VV
3/09/2017 (Senate) Introduced and referred to Judiciary
3/14/2017 (Senate) Hearing: 03/21/2017, Room 100, SH, 09:45 am
4/13/2017 (Senate) Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 04/20/2017; Vote 5-0
4/21/2017 (Senate) Ought to Pass: MA, VV; Refer to Finance Rule 4-5
5/04/2017 (Senate) Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2017-1616s
5/11/2017 (Senate) Ought to Pass with Amendment 2017-1616s, MA, VV; OT3rdg
5/18/2017 (House) Concur with Senate Amendment 1616s
5/19/2017 (House) Signed by Governor Sununu; Chapter 53; I. Sec. 5 eff. 5/19/17; II. Rem. eff. 1/1/18

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