First Half of Session Approaches – Major Legislation Passing
As the midpoint of the 40 day session approaches, committees began to consider some of the major legislation in both Houses and some important legislation reached each floor. The amended budget is nearing completion as the Senate version will be considered and differences will be worked out with the House. The House is hard at work considering the FY 2019 Budget.
•HB 159, The Adoption Bill – In the Senate’s version, the birth mother had 10 days to reclaim a child who has been placed with an adoptive family or if 21 years or older had the option to permanently waive those parental rights at birth. House Amendments remove the birth mother’s option to waive parental rights and shorten the 10 day reclamation period to 4 days. At least 6 months state residency is required. Allows for payment of birth parents’ expenses and legal fees in both private and agency adoptions. Allows parents to temporarily delegate parental authority through a power of attorney to a relative or approved non-relative.
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