GRANDPARENTS RIGHTS ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED STATES·MONDAY, JANUARY 9, 2017

2017 Legislation for Grandparents
Updated May – 19 – 2017 (scroll to bottom of this page)
The legislative year is in full swing. We will be placing information in this note as we receive notice of all new bills about Grandparent Rights, and/or visitation, with links. We will add more as it comes in. This is a Nationwide search:
DECEMBER 2016 MO HB260 Allows kinship placements for foster children – 2016-12-19 Prefiled. JANUARY 9, 2017 IN SB0027 Grandparent and great-grandparent visitation. Allows great-grandparents to seek visitation rights with their great-grandchildren in certain circumstances. Allows a grandparent or great-grandparent to seek visitation if the grandparent or great-grandparent has had meaningful contact with the child but, as a result of an estrangement between the parent of the child and the grandparent or great-grandparent, the parent of the child terminated the child’s visits with the grandparent or great-grandparent. Establishes factors for the court to consider in determining whether granting a grandparent or great-grandparent visitation rights is in the best interests of the child. 2017-01-03 To Senate Civil Law Committee. KY HB16 AN ACT relating to family member visitation rights. 2017-01-03 To House Judiciary Committee. NY S00287 Prohibits the court from granting custody of or unsupervised visitation with a child to a person who has been convicted or accused of raping the parent of the child. 2017-01-04 To Senate Children and Families Committee. VA HB1586 Court-ordered custody and visitation arrangements; transmission of order to child’s school. 2017-01-02 Committee Referral Pending. KY HB104 AN ACT relating to child custody and visitation. 2017-01-06 To House Judiciary Committee. MO HB112 Modifies provisions of law relating to custody of in vitro human embryos 2017-01-05 Read Second Time (H) MO HB447 Modifies when a court shall include a written finding in the judgment or order regarding child custody 2017-01-05 Introduced and Read First Time (H) NE LB122 Provide for family member visitation petitions 2017-01-06 Date of introduction
January 10, 2017 IN HB1223 Update – Grandparent and great-grandparent rights. Allows great-grandparents to seek visitation rights with their great-grandchildren in certain circumstances. Provides that a grandparent or great-grandparent may seek visitation with a child if the parent or guardian of the child refuses to allow or restricts visitation by the grandparent or great-grandparent. Establishes factors the court may consider in determining whether granting visitation rights to a grandparent or great-grandparent is in the best interests of the child. 2017-01-10 To House Judiciary Committee
MS SB2139 Update – Visitation; clarify right of vulnerable persons and wards who are adults. 2017-01-09 To Senate Judiciary, Division A Committee
January 11, 2017 NY S01614 Relates to standing of certain relatives in custody and guardianship proceedings. 2017-01-10 To Senate Children and Families Committee.
OR SB512 Relating to parentage. 2017-01-09 Introduction and first reading. Referred to President’s desk.
January 16, 2017 MS HB484 Care and custody of a child; revise delegation of powers regarding. 2017-01-13 To House Judiciary B Committee
MS HB853 Power of Attorney; revise to authorize parents to delegate for care and custody of a child. 2017-01-13 To House Judiciary A Committee
OK SB93 Medical treatment of child; authorizing court to order treatment for child under certain circumstances. Effective date. 2017-02-06 Authored by Senator Smalley
January 18, 2017 IN HB1428 Sibling visitation. Provides that a petition seeking visitation rights with a child may be filed by the child’s sibling, or by an individual on behalf of the sibling, in certain circumstances. Establishes factors for the court to consider in determining whether granting sibling visitation rights is in the best interests of the child. Requires the court to enter a decree after holding a hearing. Allows the court to modify an order granting or denying sibling visitation rights. 2017-01-17 To House Judiciary Committee
NY A02231 Prohibits a court from granting custody of a minor to anyone who has been convicted of any of the enumerated sex crimes except where court finds there is no significant risk to the child. 2017-01-17 To Assembly Judiciary Committee
January 20, 2017 HI SB216 Relating To Child Visitation. 2017-01-20 Introduced. HI HB163 Relating To Child Visitation. 2017-01-19 Pending introduction.
MS SB2654 Supporting and Strengthening Families Act; revise. 2017-01-16 To Senate Judiciary, Division A Committee MS SB2691 Supporting and Strengthening Families Act; technical correction. 2017-01-16 To Senate Judiciary, Division A Committee
MO HB659 Establishes the Missouri Earned Family and Medical Leave Act 2017-01-19 Introduced and Read First Time (H)
OK HB1456 Marriage and family; grandparental visitation rights; clarifying language; effective date. 2017-02-06 Authored by Representative Roberts (Dustin) OK HB1832 Children and juvenile code; modifying various sections; effective date. 2017-02-06 Authored by Representative Osborn (Leslie)
January 23, 2017
CT HB06444 An Act Concerning The Filing Of A Petition By A Grandparent Seeking Visitation With His Or Her Grandchild. 2017-01-23 To Joint Judiciary Committee
CT HB06449 An Act Concerning Grandparent Visitation With A Minor Child. 2017-01-23 To Joint Judiciary Committee
HI HB435 Relating To Grandparents. 2017-01-20 Pending introduction.
HI SB422 Relating To Child Visitation. 2017-01-20 Introduced.
HI SB542 Relating To Grandparents. 2017-01-20 Introduced.
OK SB718 Oklahoma Children’s Code; including new definition. Effective date. 2017-02-06 Authored by Senator Griffin
OK SB776 Oklahoma Children’s Code; clarifying definition. Effective date. Emergency. 2017-02-06 Authored by Senator Treat
January 24, 2017
HI HB983 Relating To Child Visitation. 2017-01-23 Pending introduction.
January 27, 2017
GA HB159 Domestic relations; adoption; substantially revise general provisions 2017-01-26 House Hopper
WA HB1661 Creating the department of children, youth, and families. 2017-02-03 [Hearing: Feb 3 @ 10:00 am] To House Early Learning & Human Services Committee
WA SB5498 Creating the department of children, youth, and families. 2017-01-26 To Senate Human Services, Mental Health & Housing Committee.
February 2, 2017
WA SB5598 Granting relatives, including but not limited to grandparents, the right to seek visitation with a child through the courts. 2017-01-31 To Senate Law & Justice Committee
February 6, 2017
MD HB812 Family Law – Grandparent Visitation 2017-02-03 To House Judiciary Committee
February 7, 2017
UT HB0289 Grandparent Visitation Amendments 2017-02-06 House/ received bill from Legislative Research in Clerk of the House
February 10, 2017
GA HB321 Domestic relations; de facto custodians custody arrangements; {de facto is the code word for “Grandparent”} 2017-02-09 House Hopper
IL SB1746 DCFS-FICTIVE KIN 2017-02-09 To Senate Assignments Committee
MD HB1165 Estates – Duties of Guardian of the Person – Notice and Visitation by Family 2017-02-09 To House Health and Government Operations Committee
TN HB1086 [Companion bill is SB0976] As introduced, creates a presumption, for the purposes of awarding grandparent visitation, that a custodial parent or parents or custodian opposes grandparent visitation if the grandparent has been denied visitation for a period of three months or more. – Amends TCA Title 36, Chapter 6, Part 3. 2017-02-09 Intro.
TN SB0976 [Companion bill is HB1086] As introduced, creates a presumption, for the purposes of awarding grandparent visitation, that a custodial parent or parents or custodian opposes grandparent visitation if the grandparent has been denied visitation for a period of three months or more. – Amends TCA Title 36, Chapter 6, Part 3. 2017-02-09 Filed for introduction
February 13, 2017
MD SB1032 Family Law – Grandparent Visitation 2017-02-10 To Senate Rules Committee
February 15, 2017
GA HB359 Supporting and Strengthening Families Act; enact
WV SB286 Relating to grandparents’ visitation rights 2017-02-14 To Senate Judiciary Committee
February 16, 2017
AR HB1568 To Grant Visitation Rights To Grandparents When A Parent Of A Child Is Deceased, Missing, Or In A Permanent Vegetative State. 2017-02-15 Filed
KY SB201 AN ACT relating to grandparent visitation rights. 2017-02-15 introduced in Senate
MN HF1207 Child and family services, mental health services, and operations provisions modified. 2017-02-15 To House Health and Human Services Reform Committee
MT HB468 Generally revise child abuse and neglect laws 2017-02-15 (C) Introduced Bill Text Available Electronically
UT SB0237 Servicemembers Custody and Visitation Amendments 2017-02-15 LFA/ bill sent to agencies for fiscal input in Legislative Research and General Counsel
WV HB2479 Uniform Deployed Parents Custody and Visitation Act 2017-02-15 To House Judiciary Committee
February 17, 2017
IA SF281 A bill for an act relating to grandparent and great-grandparent visitation. 2017-02-16 To Senate Judiciary Committee
MO HB852 Provides family access motion fees shall be waived by the court unless the court finds there has been compliance with the order of custody, visitation, or third-party custody. 2017-02-16 To House Judiciary Committee
MT HB467 Revise standards of evidence in child abuse and neglect cases 2017-02-20 [Hearing: Feb 20 @ 8:00 am] To House Judiciary Committee
OK HB1371 Marriage; deleting date requirement for certain appointments; effective date. 2017-02-07 To House Rules Committee
RI H5553 Divorce And Separation 2017-02-16 To House Judiciary Committee
WA HB2117 Granting relatives, including but not limited to grandparents, the right to seek visitation with a child through the courts. 2017-02-16 To House Judiciary Committee
February 21, 2017
WV HB2547 Relating to grandparent’s rights 2017-02-20 To House Judiciary Committee
New York – Heads up! Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner (D-113) is preparing to introduce legislation that will tighten the instances when grandparents can sue for child visitation under that state’s grandparent visitation statute. (The organization called “Parental Rights.Org” is supporting this bill)
February 22, 2017
IN HB1245 Notice of adoption to grandparents. Provides that a grandparent of a child sought to be adopted is entitled to notice of pending adoption proceedings if: (1) the grandparent has an existing right to petition for visitation; and (2) the grandparent’s right to visitation will not be terminated after the adoption. 2017-02-20 Committee report: amend do pass, adopted
MN SF1292 Children and family services and mental health services and operations provisions modifications 2017-02-22 To Senate Human Services Reform Finance and Policy Committee
MO HB977 Allows the court to grant reasonable visitation rights to siblings of a child whose parents are divorced or if one parent of the child is deceased 2017-02-21 Introduced and Read First Time (H)
February 23, 2017
WV HB2674 Relating to access to and receipt of certain information regarding a protected person. Note: This one does not relate directly to visitation, but does involve Grandparents 2017-02-22 To House Judiciary Committee
February 28, 2017
NY A06151 Provides that a great-grandparent may apply to the supreme court for visitation rights with respect to certain minor great-grandchildren where either or both of the parents of such child is or are deceased. 2017-02-27 To Assembly Judiciary Committee
March 1, 2017
WV SB470 Creating visitation rights for certain great-grandparents 2017-02-28 To Senate Judiciary Committee
March 2, 2017
THREE new bills in ARKANSAS: AR HB1773 To Amend Grandparents’ Rights In Custody And Visitation Matters; And To Grant Visitation Rights To Grandparents When A Parent Of A Child Is Deceased. 2017-03-01 To House Aging, Children and Youth, Legislative and Military Affairs Committee AR HB1783 To Amend The Law Concerning The Visitation Rights Of Grandparents And Great-grandparents. 2017-03-01 To House Aging, Children and Youth, Legislative and Military Affairs Committee AR HB1678 Concerning Visitation With An Incapacitated Person Or A Ward; And To Amend The Law Concerning Decisions Made By Appointed Guardians On Behalf Of Wards. 2017-02-24 To House Aging, Children and Youth, Legislative and Military Affairs Committee
FL H1121 Child Welfare 2017-03-01 Filed
March 3, 2017
FL S1558 Child Exploitation 2017-03-02 Filed
NY S04835 Relates to contact by siblings in foster care, surrender, destitute child and permanency proceedings. 2017-03-02 To Senate Children and Families Committee
RI S0383 Visitation Rights 2017-03-02 To Senate Judiciary Committee
RI S0406 Child Support 2017-03-02 To Senate Judiciary Committee
March 6, 2017
FL S1644 Grandparent Visitation Rights 2017-03-03 Filed
March 7, 2017
CT HB07244 An Act Concerning A Grandparent’s Right To Visitation With His Or Her Grandchild. 2017-03-07 To Joint Judiciary Committee
March 8, 2017
IL HB3169 DCFS-YOUTH IN CARE 2017-02-27 [Hearing: Mar 8 @ 8:00 am] To House Human Services Committee
KS SB221 Amending the revised Kansas code for care of children and the newborn infant protection act and amending certain powers and duties of the secretary for children and families. 2017-03-07 Senate Introduced
March 9, 2017
MA H2253 Relative to visitation rights of grandparents 2017-03-08 To Joint Judiciary Committee
March 10, 2017
TX HB3806 Relating to a suit for possession of or access to a child by a grandparent. Introduced
March 13, 2017
RI H5903 Visitation Rights 2017-03-10 [Hearing: Mar 15] To House Judiciary Committee.
March 20, 2017
NV AB319 Revises provisions governing the guardianship of minors. (BDR 13-502) 2017-03-17 To Assembly Judiciary Committee
March 28, 2017
AR SB40 To Amend Provisions In The Juvenile Code Concerning The Placement Of Juveniles. 2017-03-27 REPORTED CORRECTLY ENGROSSED
March 29, 2017 NC H505 Expand Grandparent Visitation Rights 2017-03-28 Filed
April 5, 2017
AL HB446 Grandparent visitation, action in circuit court, assignment to domestic relation division or judge, Sec. 30-3-4.2 am’d. 2017-04-04 To House Judiciary Committee AL SB348 Grandparent visitation, action in circuit court, assignment to domestic relation division or judge, Sec. 30-3-4.2 am’d. 2017-04-04 To Senate Judiciary Committee
May 3, 2017
NY A07553 Relates to contact by siblings in foster care, surrender, destitute child and permanency proceedings. 2017-05-02 To Assembly Children and Families Committee
NY A07574 Relates to standing of certain relatives in custody and guardianship proceedings. 2017-05-02 To Assembly Judiciary Committee
May 17, 2017
CA AB404 Foster care. 2017-05-16 To Assembly Appropriations Committee.
NY A07821 Establishes the intent of the legislature to generally defer to parental choices regarding the care, custody and control of their children; mandates that the death of a parent shall be a factor when considering a grandparent’s standing to receive visitation or custody; directs that costs be payable by an unsuccessful petitioner where a contest was brought in bad faith. 2017-05-16 To Assembly Judiciary Committee
NY S06402 Establishes the intent of the legislature to generally defer to parental choices regarding the care, custody and control of their children; mandates that the death of a parent shall be a factor when considering a grandparent’s standing to receive visitation or custody; directs that costs be payable by an unsuccessful petitioner where a contest was brought in bad faith. 2017-05-16 To Senate Children and Families Committee
May 19, 2017
MI HB4632 Human services; children’s services; interstate compact for the placement of children; revise. Creates new act. 2017-05-23 Bill Electronically Reproduced 05/18/2017

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