HB 189 Child-placing agency; shall not be required to participate in placement of child for foster care.
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Summary as passed House: (all summaries)

Child-placing agency; conscience clause.  Provides that, to the extent allowed by federal law, no private child-placing agency shall be required to perform, assist, counsel, recommend, consent to, refer, or participate in any placement of a child for foster care or adoption when the proposed placement would violate the agency's written religious or moral convictions or policies. In addition, the bill provides that (i) the Commissioner of Social Services shall not deny an application for an initial license or renewal of a license, nor revoke a license, of any private child-placing agency and (ii) no state or local government entity shall deny a private child-placing agency any grant, contract, or participation in a government program because of the agency's objection to performing, assisting, counseling, recommending, consenting to, referring, or participating in a placement that violates the agency's written religious or moral convictions or policies. The bill provides that the refusal of a private child-placing agency to perform, assist, counsel, recommend, consent to, refer, or participate in a placement that violates its written moral or religious convictions or policies shall not form the basis of any claim for damages. This bill is identical to SB 349.

Full text:
01/09/12  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12101768D  pdf | impact statement
01/31/12  House: Committee substitute printed 12104360D-H1  pdf | impact statement
02/24/12  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB189ER)  pdf | impact statement
04/09/12  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0690)  pdf

Amendments:
House amendments rejected

Status:
01/09/12  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12101768D
01/09/12  House: Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/16/12  House: Assigned HWI sub: #3
01/26/12  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (4-Y 1-N)
01/31/12  House: Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (16-Y 5-N)
01/31/12  House: Committee substitute printed 12104360D-H1
02/01/12  House: Read first time
02/02/12  House: Read second time
02/02/12  House: Committee substitute agreed to 12104360D-H1
02/02/12  House: Amendments by Delegate Englin rejected
02/02/12  House: Amendments by Delegate Englin rejected
02/02/12  House: Amendment by Delegate Englin rejected
02/02/12  House: Amendments by Delegate Englin rejected
02/02/12  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB189H1
02/03/12  House: Read third time and passed House (71-Y 28-N)
02/03/12  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (71-Y 28-N)
02/06/12  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/12  Senate: Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
02/17/12  Senate: Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services (8-Y 7-N)
02/20/12  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/21/12  Senate: Read third time
02/21/12  Senate: Passed Senate (22-Y 18-N)
02/24/12  House: Enrolled
02/24/12  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB189ER)
02/24/12  House: Signed by Speaker
02/27/12  Senate: Signed by President
04/09/12  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 690 (effective 7/1/12)
04/09/12  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0690)