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Bill Detail: HB22-1240

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Title Mandatory Reporters
Status Governor Signed (06/02/2022)
Bill Subjects
  • Children & Domestic Matters
House Sponsors M. Froelich (D)
M. Young (D)
Senate Sponsors R. Fields (D)
C. Simpson (R)
House Committee Judiciary
Senate Committee Judiciary
Date Introduced 02/16/2022
Summary

The bill creates the mandatory reporter task force (task force). The
purpose of the task force is to analyze best practices and recommend
changes to training materials and reporting procedures for people required
by law to report child abuse or neglect. The task force shall analyze the
effectiveness of mandatory reporting and its relationship with systemic
issues, including the disproportionate impact of mandatory reporting on

families of color and under-resourced communities. The task force may
propose clarifications to the law to help implement its recommendations.
The task force operates for 2 years. The task force shall submit a final
report on its findings and recommendations on January 1, 2025, to the
house of representatives public and behavioral health and human services
committee and the senate health and human services committee, or their
successor committees, the governor, and the department of human
services.
The bill also updates mandatory reporting requirements and
procedures for people required to report child abuse or neglect
(mandatory reporters). The updates include:
  • Changing the time frame for reporting child abuse or
neglect from immediately to within 24 hours;
  • Requiring reporting on unlawful sexual behavior;
  • Requiring employers to notify and to provide materials to
their employees regarding mandatory reporter
responsibilities; and
  • Changing the mental state of a person who violates the
mandatory reporter provision from willfully to
knowingly.

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