Significant Pending State Legislation

Center for Children’s Advocacy Legislative Initiatives 2017

 

Child Abuse

HB 6741
An Act Concerning the Right of Counsel to Access Records in Certain Abuse and Neglect Proceedings
To provide assigned or appointed counsel in abuse and neglect proceedings, where a child’s parent or guardian is accused of such abuse and neglect, immediate access to the child and the child’s records.
For more information, contact Attorney Zoe Stout

SB 813
An Act Concerning Youth Aging Out of Department of Children and Families Custody

To require the Department of Children and Families to ensure that youths who have turned eighteen years of age (1) have obtained a residence other than a homeless shelter or single-occupancy hotel prior to the discharge of such youths from the care and custody of such department, (2) are provided aftercare services, and (3) are provided notice of the discontinuation of the provision of services at least ninety days prior to such discontinuation.
For more information, contact Attorney Stacey Violante Cote

SB 894
An Act Establishing the State Oversight Council on Children and Families
To establish the State Oversight Council on Children and Families in place of the State Advisory Council on Children and Families, and require the State Oversight Council on Children and Families to report annually to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to children.
For more information, contact Attorney Martha Stone

 

 

Juvenile Justice

SB 600 and HB 7258
An Act Concerning the Alvin W. Penn Racial Profiling Prohibition Act
To extend the provisions of the Alvin W. Penn Racial Profiling Prohibition Act to cover pedestrian stops and thereby provide a more complete view of racial profiling in a community and to further provide a data-focused view into police interactions with youth who most often encounter law enforcement during such stops.
For more information, contact Attorney Leon Smith

HB 6002
An Act Concerning “Sexting” by a Child
To ensure that all children under eighteen years of age are charged with a misdemeanor for sexting behavior rather than a felony for child pornography.
For more information, contact Attorney Leon Smith

 

 

Education

HB 7156
An Act Concerning Access to Student Records for Certain Unaccompanied Youth
To permit unaccompanied youth who are homeless to have access to their student records.
For more information, contact Attorney Stacey Violante Cote

HB 7204
An Act Concerning the Electronic Transfer of Student Records

For more information, contact Attorney Sabrina Tavi

 

 

Health

HB 6021
An Act Concerning Homeless and Unaccompanied Consent to Primary Care
To provide greater access to primary care services to homeless and unaccompanied minors.
For more information, contact Attorney Jay Sicklick

HB No. 6031
An Act Concerning Treatment of a Minor for Venereal Infection
To add preventative and prophylactic treatments to the permitted treatments of minors for venereal disease.
For more information, contact Attorney Jay Sicklick

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