Hyland F. "Buddy" Fowler, Jr.
- District 55
Safe haven protections; newborn safety device. Provides an affirmative defense in certain criminal prosecutions and civil proceedings regarding child abuse or neglect to a parent who safely delivers his child within the first 30 days of the child's life to a newborn safety device located at a hospital that provides 24-hour emergency services or at an attended emergency medical services agency that employs emergency medical services personnel. The bill also provides civil and criminal immunity to such hospitals and emergency medical services agencies for injuries to children received through such newborn safety devices, provided that (i) the injuries are not the result of gross negligence or willful misconduct and (ii) the hospital or emergency medical services agency meets certain requirements regarding the establishment, functioning, and testing of the device. Current law requires the child to be delivered within the first 14 days of the child's life at such hospital or emergency medical services agency. This bill is identical to SB 63.
Abuse and neglect of a child; safe haven defense. Increases from 14 days to 30 days the maximum age of an infant whoma parent may voluntarily deliver to a hospital or emergency medicalservices agency and claim an affirmative defense to prosecution forabuse or neglect if such prosecution is based solely upon the parent'shaving left the infant at such facility.
Approved by Governor-Chapter 81 (effective 7/1/22)
Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2022
Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 11, 2022
Signed by President
Signed by Speaker
VOTE: Adoption (91-Y 9-N)
Senate substitute agreed to by House 22106679D-S1 (91-Y 9-N)
Reading of substitute waived
Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N)
Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB16S1
Committee substitute agreed to 22106679D-S1
Read third time
Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
Reported from Judiciary with substitute (12-Y 0-N)
Committee substitute printed 22106679D-S1
Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
Constitutional reading dispensed
Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N)
Read second time and engrossed
Read first time
Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (21-Y 0-N)
Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
Referred from Courts of Justice
Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22101060D
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