Child abuse and neglect; mandatory reporting, penalties. (SB239)

Introduced By

Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland) with support from co-patrons Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria), Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston), Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax), and Sen. Toddy Puller (D-Mount Vernon)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Suspected child abuse and neglect; mandatory reporting; penalties.  Reduces the time allowed for reporting suspected child abuse or neglect by a mandated reporter from 72 hours to 24 hours and provides that failure to report is punishable as a Class 3 misdemeanor for the first failure and a Class 1 misdemeanor for a second or subsequent offense. Current law is a fine of not more than $500 for a first offense and not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 for a second or subsequent offense. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Passed

History

DateAction
01/10/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12
01/10/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12103167D
01/10/2012Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
01/20/2012Impact statement from DPB (SB239)
01/30/2012Assigned Rehab sub: Social Services
02/03/2012Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with substitute (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2012Committee substitute printed 12104868D-S1
02/06/2012Incorporates SB265
02/06/2012Incorporates SB303
02/06/2012Incorporates SB622
02/06/2012Incorporates SB296
02/06/2012Impact statement from DPB (SB239S1)
02/06/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2012Read second time
02/07/2012Reading of substitute waived
02/07/2012Committee substitute agreed to 12104868D-S1
02/07/2012Passed by for the day
02/08/2012Read second time
02/08/2012Reading of amendment waived
02/08/2012Amendment by Senator Carrico rejected (16-Y 23-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2012Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB239S1
02/09/2012Read third time and passed Senate (37-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2012Placed on Calendar
02/13/2012Read first time
02/13/2012Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/23/2012Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with amendment (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2012Read second time
02/27/2012Engrossed by House as amended SB239
02/27/2012Read third time
02/27/2012Committee amendment agreed to
02/27/2012Engrossed by House as amended
02/27/2012Passed House with amendment BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/27/2012VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/29/2012House amendment agreed to by Senate (33-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2012Enrolled
03/05/2012Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB239ER)
03/05/2012Impact statement from DPB (SB239ER)
03/05/2012Signed by Speaker
03/07/2012Signed by President
04/09/2012Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/17/2012Placed on Calendar
04/18/2012Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/18/2012House concurred in Governor's recommendation (94-Y 0-N)
04/18/2012VOTE: ADOPTION (94-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/18/2012G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/18/2012Reenrolled
04/18/2012Reenrolled bill text (SB239ER2)
04/18/2012Signed by President as reenrolled
04/18/2012Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/18/2012G Approved by Governor-Chapter 815 (effective 7/1/12)
04/18/2012G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0815)

Video

This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 6 clips in all, totaling 16 minutes.

Comments

Scott D. Landry writes:

I wish CPS units would learn from Senator Stuart's sense of urgency evident from this bill. I'm afraid that those in the trenches - teachers and guidance counselors will be immediately reporting only to continue to have the vast majority of such reports "screened out", i.e. dismissed/ignored. How could we mandate an investigation once reported? No point to immediately report without follow-through. Hats off to Senator Stuart at least taking child abuse serious.