Legislation: child counsel in dependency cases

02/13/2017, Legislation, Abuse/Neglect/Dependency - Children

HB 1251 and SB 5363 would have required counsel to be appointed for a child two years or older in a dependency proceeding.  For HB 1251, the Judiciary Committee approved a substitute bill, but the Appropriations Committee took no action after a public hearing.  For SB 5363, there was a public hearing before the Human Services, Mental Health & Housing Committee, but no action was taken.