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Bill Detail: HB20-1147

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Title Reasonable Independence For Children In Activities
Status Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary (02/28/2020)
Bill Subjects
  • Children & Domestic Matters
  • Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
House Sponsors K. Ransom (R)
Senate Sponsors D. Moreno (D)
J. Smallwood (R)
House Committee Judiciary
Senate Committee Judiciary
Date Introduced 01/17/2020
Description

Under current law, a child is neglected or dependent if the child's
environment is injurious to the child's welfare. The bill clarifies that the
child's environment is injurious to the child's welfare because the child's
parent has placed the child in or failed to remove the child from a
situation that a reasonable person would realize requires judgment or

actions beyond the child's level of maturity, physical condition, or mental
ability and that results in bodily injury or a substantial risk of immediate
and grave harm as a result of a blatant disregard of parent or caretaker
responsibilities.
A child is not neglected or dependent if a child who is of sufficient
maturity, physical condition, and mental ability is left by the child's
parent, guardian, or legal custodian, under conditions that are reasonably
deemed safe and secure sufficient to avoid substantial risk of physical
harm, to engage in independent activities specified in the bill.
The bill amends the criminal code to reflect that a person does not
commit child abuse if the person is exercising reasonable judgment in
allowing a child to engage in independent activities as described in
language added to the dependency or neglect statute in the bill.

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