Maine LD 199: An Act To Improve the Reporting of Child Abuse

LD 199 (subjects: CHILDREN AND FAMILIES , ABUSE AND NEGLECT )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=199&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text & Amendments | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Sen. Bill Diamond of Cumberland: (D – District 26) — e-mail | Twitter | Facebook

3 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
1/29/2015 Senate Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
suggested and ordered printed
On motion by Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin Tabled until Later in Today’s Session, pending REFERENCE
Unfinished Business
2/3/2015 Senate (Unfinished Business)
2/5/2015 Senate Taken from the table by the President
On motion by Senator MASON of Androscoggin REFERENCE to the Committee on CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
2/10/2015 House On motion of Representative McCABE of Skowhegan, the Bill was TABLED pending REFERENCE in concurrence.
Later today assigned.
2/10/2015 House Unfinished Business
2/12/2015 House Unfinished Business
2/24/2015 House Unfinished Business
2/26/2015 House Unfinished Business
3/3/2015 House Speaker laid before the House
Subsequently, the Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on JUDICIARY.
In NON-CONCURRENCE and sent for concurrence.
ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
3/5/2015 Senate On motion by Senator BURNS of Washington The Senate RECEDED and CONCURRED With REFERENCE to Committee on Judiciary , in concurrence.
5/19/2015 Senate Report READ and ACCEPTED.
READ ONCE.

Committee Amendment “A” (S-93) READ and ADOPTED.

Under suspension of the Rules, READ A SECOND TIME and PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY Committee Amendment “A” (S-93) .

Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
5/20/2015 House CONSENT CALENDAR – FIRST DAY
Under suspension of the rules
CONSENT CALENDAR – SECOND DAY.
The Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (S-93).
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
5/26/2015 House PASSED TO BE ENACTED.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
5/27/2015 Senate PASSED TO BE ENACTED, in concurrence.

Bill Text & Amendments

Important Note: The bill text below presents L.D. 199 as originally introduced. L.D. 199 was changed by the legislature through amendment. To understand the impact of this legislation in proper context, be sure to read adopted amendment text, available here: C-A (S-93) .

An Act To Improve the Reporting of Child Abuse

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 22 MRSA 4011-A, sub- 1, as amended by PL 2009, c. 211, Pt. B, 18 and PL 2011, c. 657, Pt. W, 5, is further amended to read:

1. Required report to department. The following adult persons shall immediately report or cause a report to be made to the department when the person knows or has reasonable cause to suspect that a child has been or is likely to be abused or neglected or that a suspicious child death has occurred:

A. When acting in a professional capacity:

(1) An allopathic or osteopathic physician, resident or intern;

(2) An emergency medical services person;

(3) A medical examiner;

(4) A physician’s assistant;

(5) A dentist;

(6) A dental hygienist;

(7) A dental assistant;

(8) A chiropractor;

(9) A podiatrist;

(10) A registered or licensed practical nurse;

(11) A teacher;

(12) A guidance counselor;

(13) A school official;

(14) A youth camp administrator or counselor;

(15) A social worker;

(16) A court-appointed special advocate or guardian ad litem for the child;

(17) A homemaker;

(18) A home health aide;

(19) A medical or social service worker;

(20) A psychologist;

(21) Child care personnel;

(22) A mental health professional;

(23) A law enforcement official;

(24) A state or municipal fire inspector;

(25) A municipal code enforcement official;

(26) A commercial film and photographic print processor;

(27) A clergy member acquiring the information as a result of clerical professional work except for information received during confidential communications;

(28) A chair of a professional licensing board that has jurisdiction over mandated reporters;

(29) A humane agent employed by the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry;

(30) A sexual assault counselor;

(31) A family or domestic violence victim advocate; and

(32) A school bus driver or school bus attendant;

B. Any person who has assumed full, intermittent or occasional responsibility for the care or custody of the child, regardless of whether the person receives compensation; and
C. Any person affiliated with a church or religious institution who serves in an administrative capacity or has otherwise assumed a position of trust or responsibility to the members of that church or religious institution, while acting in that capacity, regardless of whether the person receives compensation.

Whenever a person is required to report in a capacity as a member of the staff of a medical or public or private institution, agency or facility, that person immediately shall notify either the person in charge of the institution, agency or facility or a designated agent who then shall cause a report to be made. The staff also may make a report directly to the department.

summary

This bill amends the law regarding mandated reporters of suspected child abuse and neglect and of the suspicious death of a child by striking language allowing those reporters to cause someone else to make a report. Language requiring the individual mandated reporter to make a report is retained.

Patterns of Support

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This information about LD 199 was last updated on 2016-05-12.
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