05RS HB304

HB304

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HB 304 (BR 310) - D. Owens, C. Hoffman, J. Richards

     AN ACT relating to international adoption.
     Create a new section of KRS Chapter 199 to require Kentucky courts to recognize a final adoption decree from a foreign country; require the issuance of a record of foreign birth when the provisions of KRS 213.066(5) are met; permit adoptive parents to submit foreign adoption papers with a petition to adopt or name change under Kentucky law; permit expedited court forms; require adoption under Kentucky law for a child born outside the United States if there is no final foreign decree or order; amend KRS 199.470 to specify that no petition or approval of the cabinet secretary is required for a foreign adoption meeting the provisions of the new section.

HB 304 - AMENDMENTS


     HCS - Retain original provisions except delete that court, while recognizing a foreign final order of adoption, may require a translated copy of the foreign final order; make technical corrections.

     SCS - Create a new section of KRS Chapter 199 to require the cabinet secretary to recognize a final adoption decree from a foreign country and issue a notice that the adoption is registered in the Commonwealth; permit the secretary to require a translated copy of the foreign adoption decree if necessary; require the cabinet to maintain all records and notices of foreign adoptions; require adoption under Kentucky law for a child born outside the United States if there is no final foreign decree or order; require adoption under Kentucky law for a child born outside the United States who does not qualify for citizenship upon entry into the United States; amend KRS 199.470 to specify that no petition or approval of the cabinet secretary is required for a foreign adoption meeting the provisions of the new section.

     Feb 4-introduced in House
     Feb 7-to Health and Welfare (H); posted in committee
     Feb 10-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute
     Feb 11-2nd reading, to Rules
     Feb 14-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Tuesday, February 15, 2005
     Feb 15-3rd reading, passed 99-0 with Committee Substitute
     Feb 16-received in Senate
     Feb 22-to Judiciary (S)
     Mar 2-taken from committee; laid on clerk's desk; taken from clerk's desk; 1st reading; returned to Judiciary (S)
     Mar 3-reported favorably, 2nd reading, to Rules with Committee Substitute; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Friday, March 4, 2005
     Mar 4-3rd reading, passed 36-0 with Committee Substitute
     Mar 8-received in House; to Rules (H); posted for passage for concurrence in Senate Committee Substitute on Tuesday, March 8, 2005; House concurred in Senate Committee Substitute; passed 96-0; enrolled, signed by each presiding officer; delivered to Governor
     Mar 16-signed by Governor (Acts ch. 68)


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