Safe haven protections; newborn safety device. (SB1371)

Introduced By

Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Safe haven protections; newborn safety device. Provides an affirmative defense in certain criminal prosecutions and civil proceedings regarding child abuse or neglect to a parent who safely delivers his child within the first 14 days of the child's life to a newborn safety device located at a hospital that provides 24-hour emergency services or at an attended emergency medical services agency that employs emergency medical services personnel. The bill also provides civil and criminal immunity to such hospitals and emergency medical services agencies for injuries to children received through such newborn safety devices, provided that (i) the injuries are not the result of gross negligence or willful misconduct and (ii) the hospital or emergency medical services agency meets certain requirements regarding the establishment, functioning, and testing of the device. Read the Bill »


01/13/2021: Awaiting a Vote in the Judiciary Committee


01/13/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21100286D
01/13/2021Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
01/22/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1371)

Hearing Scheduled

This bill is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Judiciary committee on 01/27/2021. It meets on Monday, 8:00 A.M. and Wednesday, 1/2 hour after adjournment - Senate Room B.

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