Child abuse and neglect; custody and visitation, possession or consumption of substances. (SB1214)

Introduced By

Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Child abuse and neglect; custody and visitation; possession or use of marijuana. Provides that a child shall not be considered an abused or neglected child, and no person shall be denied custody or visitation of a child, based solely on the fact that the child's parent or other person responsible for his care, or the person petitioning for custody or visitation of the child, possessed or consumed marijuana in accordance with applicable law. The bill directs the Board of Social Services to amend its regulations, guidance documents, and other instructional materials to ensure that such regulations, documents, and materials comply with, and that investigations and family assessments are conducted by local departments of social services in accordance with, the provisions of the bill. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/10/2023Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/23 23101430D
01/10/2023Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
01/17/2023Impact statement from DPB (SB1214)
01/18/2023Rereferred from Judiciary (8-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/18/2023Rereferred to Rehabilitation and Social Services
01/27/2023Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/03/2023Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/03/2023Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with substitute (9-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2023Committee substitute printed 23105807D-S1
02/03/2023Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2023Read second time
02/06/2023Reading of substitute waived
02/06/2023Committee substitute agreed to 23105807D-S1
02/06/2023Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1214S1
02/07/2023Read third time and passed Senate (31-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2023Impact statement from DPB (SB1214S1)
02/10/2023Placed on Calendar
02/10/2023Read first time
02/10/2023Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/10/2023Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #2
02/13/2023Subcommittee failed to recommend reporting (3-Y 4-N)
02/22/2023Left in Courts of Justice

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