Child abuse or neglect; definition, child engaging in independent activities without supervision. (SB1367)

Introduced By

Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester) with support from co-patron Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Child abuse or neglect; definition; independent activities. Clarifies that no child whose parent or other person responsible for his care allows the child to engage in independent activities without adult supervision shall for that reason alone be considered to be an abused or neglected child, provided that (i) such independent activities are appropriate based on the child's age, maturity, and physical and mental abilities and (ii) such lack of supervision does not constitute conduct that is so grossly negligent as to endanger the health or safety of the child. The bill provides that such independent activities include traveling to or from school or nearby locations by bicycle or on foot, playing outdoors, or remaining at home for a reasonable period of time. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/11/2023Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/23 23100856D
01/11/2023Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
01/17/2023Impact statement from DPB (SB1367)
01/25/2023Reported from Judiciary (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2023Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2023Floor substitute printed 23105659D-S1 (Vogel)
01/30/2023Passed by for the day
01/30/2023Impact statement from DPB (SB1367S1)
01/31/2023Passed by for the day
02/01/2023Passed by for the day
02/02/2023Substitute by Senator Vogel agreed to 23105659D-S1
02/02/2023Floor substitute printed 23106180D-S2 (Vogel)
02/02/2023Read second time
02/02/2023Substitute by Senator Vogel withdrawn 23105659D-S1
02/02/2023Reading of substitute waived
02/02/2023Substitute by Senator Vogel agreed to 23106180D-S2
02/02/2023Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute SB1367S2
02/02/2023Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2023Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2023Impact statement from DPB (SB1367S2)
02/07/2023Placed on Calendar
02/07/2023Read first time
02/07/2023Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/10/2023Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #2
02/13/2023House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/13/2023Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (8-Y 0-N)
02/20/2023Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment(s) (19-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2023Read second time
02/23/2023House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/23/2023Read third time
02/23/2023Committee amendments agreed to
02/23/2023Amendments by Delegate Anderson agreed to
02/23/2023Engrossed by House as amended
02/23/2023Passed House with amendments (96-Y 0-N)
02/23/2023VOTE: Passage (96-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2023Passed by temporarily
02/23/2023House amendments agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2023Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1367ER)
03/07/2023Impact statement from DPB (SB1367ER)
03/08/2023Signed by President
03/08/2023Signed by Speaker
03/13/2023Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 13, 2023
03/13/2023G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 27, 2023
03/26/2023G Approved by Governor-Chapter 568 (effective 7/1/23)
03/26/2023G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0568)

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