Child abuse; increases reporting period by health care providers on substance exposed infants. (SB448)

Introduced By

Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Child abuse in infants; time periods for testing and diagnosis.  Eliminates (i) the requirement that a physician's determination of in utero child abuse be made within seven days of birth, (ii) the requirement that toxicology tests be administered to infants within 48 hours of birth, and (iii) the requirement that drug withdrawal in infants be diagnosed within 48 hours of birth. The bill also clarifies that any toxicology test, rather than just blood or urine, may be the basis of a physician's suspicion of abuse. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/11/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12
01/11/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12100670D
01/11/2012Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
02/03/2012Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2012Read second time and engrossed
02/08/2012Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2012Placed on Calendar
02/13/2012Read first time
02/13/2012Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/21/2012Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2012Committee substitute printed 12104801D-H1
02/22/2012Read second time
02/23/2012Read third time
02/23/2012Committee substitute agreed to 12104801D-H1
02/23/2012Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB448H1
02/23/2012Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/23/2012VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2012House substitute agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2012Title replaced 12104801D-H1
03/01/2012Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB448ER)
03/01/2012Signed by Speaker
03/03/2012Signed by President
04/05/2012G Approved by Governor-Chapter 640 (effective 7/1/12)
04/05/2012G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0640)