Reestablishment of parental rights bill heard on Floor  4/4/19
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Reestablishment of parental rights bill heard on Floor 4/4/19


CLERK: HOUSE FILE 554 NUMBER FOUR ON THE CALENDAR FOR THE DAY AND ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES FIRST ENGROSSMENT>>HOUSE SPEAKER HORTMAN: THE I RECOGNIZE THE MEMBER FROM AUTHOR FROM RAMSEY REPRESENTATIVE MORAN>>REPRESENTATIVE MORAN: THANK YOU; MME. SPEAKER. MEMBERS; HOUSE FILE 554 WILL ALLOW PARENTS WHERE PREVIOUSLY HAD PARENTAL RIGHTS TERMINATED FOR NON-EGREGIOUS HARM TO DIRECTLY SEEK THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THEIR RIGHTS FROM THE COURT.. CURRENTLY; ONLY THE COUNTY ATTORNEY IS ABLE TO MAKE THIS PETITION. MEMBERS; I HOPE THAT WE ALL SHARE THE VALUE THAT FAMILIES BELONG TOGETHER AND BELIEVE THAT CHILDREN ARE TO BE PROTECTED LOVED AND NURTURED. THIS BILL WILL ALLOW A PARENT IF A COURT DETERMINES IT’S A CHILD’S BEST INTEREST IN THE PARENT HAS THEIR LIFE BACK ON TRACK; TO REESTABLISH THEIR PARENTAL RIGHTS. THESE PETITIONS WILL ONLY BE ALLOWED IN CASES IN WHICH THE RIGHTS WERE TERMINATED FOR NON-EGREGIOUS HARM. SUCH AS; CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY; OR MENTAL ILLNESS. NOT FOR ANY PHYSICAL SEXUAL OR PSYCHOLOGICAL ABUSE. STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT WHEN CHILDREN ; ESPECIALLY CHILDREN OF COLOR; WHO REMAIN IN THE FOSTER SYSTEM; THEY SAY PORT LIFE INCOMES AND THOSE WHO REMAIN WITH HER BIOLOGICAL FAMILIES. THESE INCLUDE LOWER LIFETIME EMPLOYMENT RATES. A GREATER CHANCE OF EXPERIENCE WITH THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM AND HIGHER RATES OF MENTAL ILLNESS AND ADDICTION. THE LEGISLATION REQUIRES A PARENT TO CLEARLY DEMONSTRATE THE STEPS THAT ARE TAKEN TO ADDRESS THE UNDERLYING ISSUE WHICH LED TO THE TERMINATION OF RIGHTS IN THE FIRST PLACE. AND A JUDGE WILL MAKE THE FINAL DECISION. UNDER THE CURRENT LAW WHEREBY THE COUNTY ATTORNEY CAN MAKE A PETITION THE CHILD MUST HAVE BEEN IN FOSTER CARE AFTER THE TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS OF 36 MONTHS. THIS BILL INCREASES IT TO 48 MONTHS. THE BILL ALSO REMOVES THE CURRENT MINIMUM REQUIREMENT OF 15 YEARS. MEMBERS; I BELIEVE THIS BILL IS ABOUT FAIRNESS BUT IT’S ABOUT REDEMPTION. IT IS ABOUT GIVING CHILDREN A BRIGHT FUTURE OUTSIDE OF THE CHILLD PROTECTION SYSTEM WHICH WE KNOW OFTEN LEADS TO THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. SO MEMBERS; THAT IS WHAT THIS BILL DOES AND I ASK FOR YOUR SUPPORT.>>HOUSE SPEAKER HORTMAN: THERE IS AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.>>CHIEF CLERK: MORAN MOVES TO AMEND HOUSE FILE 554 FIRST ENGROSSMENT AS FOLLOWS: THE AMENDMENT IS CODED DE-ONE>>HOUSE SPEAKER HORTMAN: REPRESENTATIVE MORAN>>REPRESENTATIVE MORAN: C THANK YOU; MME. SPEAKER. THE AMENDMENT REPRESENTS AN AGREEMENT WITH THE COUNTY ATTORNEY ASSOCIATION. SO THE AMENDMENT DOES THE FOLLOWING: IT DELETE SECTION 1 OF THE BILL WHICH IS THE PART ABOUT THE EXPUNGEMENT OF CRIME. IT CONTINUES TO ALLOW COUNTY ATTORNEYS TO PETITION FOR THE REESTABLISHMENT OF PARENTAL RIGHTS AND A PROVIDES NOTICE TO THE PARENT . A PARENT OR PETITIONER MUST WAIT 48 MONTHS FROM TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS OF PETITIONS. A PARENT OR PETITIONER WISHES TO PETITION FOR REESTABLISHMENT OF PARENTAL RIGHTS MUST NOTIFY RESPONSIBLE COUNTY ATTORNEY AND SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCY WITHIN 45 DAYS OF FILING THE PETITION. AND FINALLY; THE AMENDMENT STATES THAT A PETITION ER WAS UNSUCCESSFUL IN CAN PETITION THE COURT TO REESTABLISH THEIR PARENTAL RIGHTS MUST ASK THE COURT TO PROVIDE THE TI ME PERIOD FOR A PARENT TO PROVIDE A SUBSEQUENT PETITION. THE PETITIONER WHO CAN’T AFFORD THE FILING FEE CAN ASK THE COURT TO WAIVE THE FILING FEE. AGAIN; THE AMENDMENT REFLECTS THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE PARTIES AND I BELIEVE THAT THE PROPOSAL BEFORE THE BODY SEEKS TO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FFOR FAMILIES TO BE REUNITED. THANK YOU.>>HOUSE SPEAKER HORTMAN: I RECOGNIZE THE MEMBER FROM OR SENT REPRESENTATIVE KRESHA>>REPRESENTATIVE KRESHA: THANK YOU; MME. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU MEMBERS AND REPRESENTATIVE MORAN; IT’S A GREAT BILL. I ACTUALLY THINK THAT YOU GIVE A LITTLE BIT MORE VOICE TO THE COUNTY ATTORNEY THAN I WOULD’VE BECAUSE FRANKLY; I THINK YOU’ RE BEING A LITTLE BIT MORE HEAVY-HANDED THAN THEY NEEDED TO BE MEMBERS THIS IS NOT JUST A BILL. THIS A WAY FORWARD FOR MANY KIDS AS YOU MAY HAVE HEARD ON HOUSE FLOOR AND HE WOULD MANY MANY TIMES; THE STRONGEST BOND IS BETWEEN THE PARENT AND A CHILD AND NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS TO THAT CHILD; THEY ALWAYS WANT TO BE REUNITED. IN THE NATI VE AMERICAN [INAUDIBLE] THEY ACTUALLY HAVE A STANDARD THEY NEVER TERMINATE PARENTAL RIGHTS. I THINK THAT GOING TO THAT AND KNOWING THAT HIS INABILITY THERE’S ALWAYS A POSSIBILITY FOR REUNIFICATION IS A VER Y STRONG INCENTIVE TO TRY TO HELP THESE PEOPLE. REMEMBER; THESE FAMILIES; MANY TIMES ARE JUST ONE DAY AWAY FROM A REALLY BAD SITUATION. SOMETHING HAPPENED I TURNED EVERYTHING SOUTH AND THEY SPIRALED OUT OF CONTROL AND IT’S GETTING HIS PANTS BACK ON TRACK AND GETTING THEM THEIR ABILITY TO KNOW THAT THEY CAN REUNITE THAT FAMILY. MORE IMPORTANTLY; GIVING THE CHILDREN THE OPTIMISM TO KNOW THAT THEY COULD WORK TOWARDS REUNIFICATION TO GET THEIR LIFE BACK ON TRACK AND TO KNOW FRANKLY; THAT MOM OR DAD IS GETTING HELP IN GETTING THINGS BACK TOGETHER THAT SO POWERFUL. SO REPRESENTATIVE MORAN; THANK YOU IT’S A GREAT BILL AND I HOPE THAT BOARD IS ALL GREEN.>>HOUSE SPEAKER HORTMAN: ANY FURTHER DISCUSSION TO THE AMENDMENT? ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY; AYE. [CHORUS OF AYES.] THOSE OPPOSED SAY; NAY. THE MOTION PREVAILS. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED.>>[GAVEL]>>HOUSE SPEAKER HORTMAN: FURTHER DISCUSSION TO THE BILL? SEEING NONE; THERE A RE NO AMENDMENTS AT THE DESK. THE CLERK WILL GIVE THE BILL ITS THIRD READING.>>CHIEF CLERK: THIRD READING HOUSE FILE 554 AS AMENDED>>HOUSE SPEAKER HORTMAN: THE THIRD READING>>[GAVEL]>>HOUSE SPEAKER HORTMAN: THE CLERK WILL TAKE THE ROLL ON THE BILL.>>>>[ROLL CALL VOTE]>>>>[ROLL CALL VOTE]>>HOUSE SPEAKER HORTMAN: THE CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL. THERE BEEN130 AYES AND

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