HB 2128 Custody, visitation, support; educational seminars.
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Summary as passed: (all summaries)
Parent education; custody, visitation, and support cases. Eliminates the 2003 sunset and modifies the existing requirements that parents attend educational seminars addressing the effects of separation or divorce on children, parenting responsibilities, etc. Under the bill the parties to any petition for custody, visitation or support shall show proof that they have attended within 12 months before their first court appearance or shall attend within 45 days thereafter an educational seminar that is at least four hours in length. Once a party has completed one educational program, the required completion of additional programs is at the court's discretion. Such programs are to be completed, where possible, prior to participating in mediation or alternative dispute resolution, and the court may grant an exemption from attendance of such program for good cause shown or if there is no program reasonably available. Parties include natural or adoptive parents, or any person with a legitimate interest as defined in 20-124.1. The fee for such programs shall be based on ability to pay, but shall in no case exceed $50. This bill is identical to SB 1097.

Full text:
01/08/03  House: Presented & ordered printed, prefiled 01/08/03 030455904  pdf
02/01/03  House: Committee substitute printed 030499904-H1  pdf
02/10/03  Senate: Committee substitute printed 031860904-S1  pdf
02/27/03  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2128ER)  pdf
03/19/03  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0031)  pdf

Conference amendments

01/08/03  House: Presented & ordered printed, prefiled 01/08/03 030455904
01/08/03  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/23/03  House: Assigned to C. J. sub-committee: 2
01/31/03  House: Reported from C. J. with substitute (21-Y 0-N)
02/01/03  House: Committee substitute printed 030499904-H1
02/01/03  House: Read first time
02/03/03  House: Read second time
02/03/03  House: Committee substitute agreed to 030499904-H1
02/03/03  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute 030499904-H1
02/04/03  House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/04/03  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N)
02/04/03  House: Communicated to Senate
02/05/03  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/05/03  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/10/03  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice w/sub (14-Y 0-N)
02/10/03  Senate: Committee substitute printed 031860904-S1
02/11/03  Senate: Const. reading disp., passed by for the day (40-Y 0-N)
02/11/03  Senate: VOTE: CONST. RDG. DISPENSED R (40-Y 0-N)
02/12/03  Senate: Read third time
02/12/03  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/12/03  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 031860904-S1
02/12/03  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute 031860904-S1
02/12/03  Senate: Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N)
02/12/03  Senate: VOTE: PASSAGE R (40-Y 0-N)
02/13/03  House: Placed on Calendar
02/14/03  House: Senate substitute rejected by House (2-Y 96-N)
02/14/03  House: VOTE: REJECTED (2-Y 96-N)
02/18/03  Senate: Senate insisted on substitute (40-Y 0-N)
02/18/03  Senate: VOTE: INSIST & REQUEST (40-Y 0-N)
02/18/03  Senate: Senate requested conference committee
02/20/03  House: House acceded to request
02/20/03  House: Conferees appointed by House
02/20/03  House: Delegates: Reid, Kilgore, Petersen
02/20/03  Senate: Conferees appointed by Senate
02/20/03  Senate: Senators: Quayle, Blevins, Reynolds
02/21/03  House: Conference report agreed to by House (98-Y 0-N)
02/21/03  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (98-Y 0-N)
02/21/03  Senate: Reading of conference report waived
02/21/03  Senate: Conference report agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/21/03  Senate: VOTE: CONF. COMMITTEE RPT. (39-Y 0-N)
02/27/03  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2128ER)
03/05/03  House: Enrolled
03/05/03  House: Signed by Speaker
03/06/03  Senate: Signed by President
03/16/03  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 31 (effective 7/1/03)
03/19/03  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0031)