00RS HB546


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HB 546/FN (BR 1958) - S. Nunn

     AN ACT relating to abandoned infants, making an appropriation therefor, and declaring an emergency.
     Amend KRS 211.9531 to require the Emergency Medical Services Program for Children to collaborate with the Cabinet for Families and Children and require guidelines for responding to abandoned infants and include preserving the confidentiality of the parent, and define "infant" as less than thirty (30) days old; create new section of KRS Chapter 211 to specify that emergency medical services provider has implied consent for treatment; create new section of KRS Chapter 216B to require emergency rooms to accept newborns anonymously and perform all necessary medical care, contact Cabinet for Families and Children, and make voluntary information available to person leaving the infant; create new section of KRS Chapter 405 to permit parent to anonymously place newborn with emergency medical services or hospital and provide affirmative defense to prosecution; create new section of KRS Chapter 620 to require cabinet to seek emergency custody of abandoned infant, permit the emergency custody order to remain in effect until final disposition, prohibit child abuse or neglect investigation when infant is placed in manner described, require placement in a home willing to adopt the infant, require thirty (30) day placement period before final disposition, require petition and court appointment of warning order attorney and guardian ad litem, require attorney reports within fifty (50) days, require final disposition within ninety (90) days of placement, specify procedures when a parent makes a claim to the infant and require the cabinet to provide information and medical history forms and produce a media campaign; appropriate $100,000 for FY 00-01 and $50,000 for FY 01-02; EMERGENCY.

     Feb 2-introduced in House
     Feb 3-to Health and Welfare (H)
     Feb 24-posted in committee

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