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SB 65 - Amends Definition of Child Neglect - Utah Key Vote

Luz Escamilla voted Yea (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Amends Definition of Child Neglect

Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (66-0) - (Key vote)
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Title: Amends Definition of Child Neglect

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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that amends the definition of child neglect.

Highlights:

 

  • Defines neglect of a child by a parent, guardian, or custodian as any of the following (Sec. 3):

    • Abandonment or lack of care of a child;

    • Relinquishment of a newborn;

    • Not providing the subsistence, education, or medical care necessary for the child's health, safety, morals, or well-being;

    • Causing a child to be at risk of neglect or abuse by abusing or neglecting another child in the same home;

    • Abandonment of a child through an unregulated custody transfer.

  • Specifies that neglect of a child does not mean the following (Sec. 3):

    • Not providing certain medical treatments due to one’s religious beliefs;

    • A healthcare decision made for a child, unless the state or other party to a proceeding shows, by clear and convincing evidence, that the decision is not reasonable and informed; or

    • Permitting a child, whose basic needs are met and who is of sufficient age and maturity to avoid harm, to engage in independent activities.

  • Authorizes children to engage in the following independent activities without the presence of a parent, guardian, or custodian (Sec. 3):

    • Traveling to and from school by walking, running, or bicycling;

    • Traveling to and from nearby commercial or recreational facilities;

    • Engaging in outdoor play;

    • Remaining in a vehicle unattended, except in conditions posing a health risk;

    • Remaining at home unattended; or

    • Engaging in a similar independent activity.

  • Specifies that these provisions apply to a child under the age of 18 who has the mental capacity to avoid harm or unreasonable risk of harm (Sec. 3).

  • Requires healthcare providers to report to law enforcement any indication that a child has been, or is in danger of being, neglected (Sec. 1).

  • Exempts members of the clergy from the above requirement, if and only if they learn of such evidence through a ceremony of confession (Sec. 1).

Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (25-0) - (Key vote)
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Title: Amends Definition of Child Neglect

Vote Result
Yea Votes
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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that amends the definition of child neglect.

Highlights:

 

  • Defines neglect of a child by a parent, guardian, or custodian as any of the following (Sec. 3):

    • Abandonment or lack of care of a child;

    • Relinquishment of a newborn;

    • Not providing the subsistence, education, or medical care necessary for the child's health, safety, morals, or well-being;

    • Causing a child to be at risk of neglect or abuse by abusing or neglecting another child in the same home;

    • Abandonment of a child through an unregulated custody transfer.

  • Specifies that neglect of a child does not mean the following (Sec. 3):

    • Not providing certain medical treatments due to one’s religious beliefs;

    • A healthcare decision made for a child, unless the state or other party to a proceeding shows, by clear and convincing evidence, that the decision is not reasonable and informed; or

    • Permitting a child, whose basic needs are met and who is of sufficient age and maturity to avoid harm, to engage in independent activities.

  • Authorizes children to engage in the following independent activities without the presence of a parent, guardian, or custodian (Sec. 3):

    • Traveling to and from school by walking, running, or bicycling;

    • Traveling to and from nearby commercial or recreational facilities;

    • Engaging in outdoor play;

    • Remaining in a vehicle unattended, except in conditions posing a health risk;

    • Remaining at home unattended; or

    • Engaging in a similar independent activity.

  • Specifies that these provisions apply to a child under the age of 18 who has the mental capacity to avoid harm or unreasonable risk of harm (Sec. 3).

  • Requires healthcare providers to report to law enforcement any indication that a child has been, or is in danger of being, neglected (Sec. 1).

  • Exempts members of the clergy from the above requirement, if and only if they learn of such evidence through a ceremony of confession (Sec. 1).

Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Amends Definition of Child Neglect

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