SB 21/LM (BR 220) - T. Buford, D. Boswell, R. Roeding
AN ACT relating to abandoned infants and declaring an emergency.
Amend KRS 311.6526 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 72 hours old; create a new section of KRS Chapter 211 to specify that an emergency medical services provider has implied consent for treatment, to require that the identity of the person placing the newborn be kept confidential, and that provisions do not apply when indicators of child abuse or neglect are present; create a new section of KRS 216B.400 to 216B.410 to require emergency rooms to accept newborns anonymously and perform all necessary medical care, provide immunity for acts of medical care but not acts of negligence, and provide implied consent for treatment, require notification to the Cabinet for Families and Children, make voluntary information available to person leaving the infant, and that provisions do not apply when indicators of child abuse or neglect are present; create a new section of KRS Chapter 405 to permit a parent to anonymously place a newborn with a hospital, or emergency medical services, police, firefighter who are required to arrange for the infant to go to a hospital and provide that by doing so, the parent waives legal standing and the right to notification of court proceedings under KRS Chapter 620; create a new section of KRS Chapter 620 to require the cabinet to seek emergency custody of abandoned infant, prohibit a child abuse or neglect investigation when an infant is placed in the manner described and specify that provisions do not apply when indicators of child abuse and neglect are present, require placement in a home willing to adopt the infant, if court places temporary custody with the cabinet the order remains in effect for at least 30 days, require a law enforcement investigation through the Missing Child Information Center, permit the cabinet to pursue termination of parental rights, specify procedures when a parent makes a claim to the infant and include cabinet investigation and home evaluation, and permit the court to require genetic testing at the expense of the parent; create a new section of KRS Chapter 620 to require the cabinet to provide information and medical history forms and produce a media campaign; EMERGENCY.
SB 21 - AMENDMENTS
SCS/LM - Retain original provisions except delete "absolute right" and replace with "right" of parent to remain anonymous, and clarify that no child protective services investigation or assessment will be conducted when a child is placed in accordance with the provisions of the bill.
SCA (1/Title, T. Buford) - Make title amendment.
Jan 2-introduced in Senate
Jan 5-to Health and Welfare (S)
Feb 8-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute, committee amendment (1-title)
Feb 9-2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Tuesday, February 13, 2001
Feb 13-3rd reading, passed 38-0 with Committee Substitute, committee amendment (1-title)
Feb 14-received in House
Feb 15-to Health and Welfare (H)
Feb 23-posted in committee
Feb 28-posting waived
Mar 1-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar
Mar 2-2nd reading, to Rules
Mar 9-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Thursday, March 22, 2001