SB 349 Child-placing agency; shall not be required to participate in placement of child for foster care.
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Summary as passed Senate: (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 HB 189. 

Full text:
01/10/12  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12100766D  pdf | impact statement
02/03/12  Senate: Committee substitute printed 12104635D-S1  pdf | impact statement
02/27/12  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB349ER)  pdf | impact statement
04/09/12  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0715)  pdf

Amendments:
House amendments
House amendments engrossed
House amendments rejected
Senate amendments rejected

Status:
01/10/12  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12100766D
01/10/12  Senate: Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
01/30/12  Senate: Assigned Rehab sub: Social Services
02/03/12  Senate: Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with substitute (8-Y 7-N)
02/03/12  Senate: Committee substitute printed 12104635D-S1
02/06/12  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/07/12  Senate: Passed by for the day
02/08/12  Senate: Read second time
02/08/12  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/08/12  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 12104635D-S1
02/08/12  Senate: Reading of amendments waived
02/08/12  Senate: Amendments by Senator Barker rejected (16-Y 23-N)
02/08/12  Senate: Reading of amendments waived
02/08/12  Senate: Amendments by Senator Favola rejected (17-Y 22-N)
02/08/12  Senate: Reading of amendment waived
02/08/12  Senate: Amendment by Senator Ebbin rejected (16-Y 23-N)
02/08/12  Senate: Reading of amendment waived
02/08/12  Senate: Amendment #1 by Senator McEachin rejected (16-Y 22-N)
02/08/12  Senate: Reading of amendment waived
02/08/12  Senate: Amendment #2 by Senator McEachin rejected (17-Y 22-N)
02/08/12  Senate: Reading of amendments waived
02/08/12  Senate: Amendments by Senator Herring rejected (17-Y 22-N)
02/08/12  Senate: Amendments by Senator Barker reconsidered (39-Y 0-N)
02/08/12  Senate: Amendments by Senator Barker rejected (17-Y 22-N)
02/08/12  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB349S1
02/09/12  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (22-Y 18-N)
02/13/12  House: Placed on Calendar
02/13/12  House: Read first time
02/13/12  House: Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/16/12  House: Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (14-Y 7-N)
02/17/12  House: Read second time
02/20/12  House: Passed by for the day
02/21/12  House: Passed by for the day
02/22/12  House: Read third time
02/22/12  House: Passed by temporarily
02/22/12  House: Amendment by Delegate Englin rejected (27-Y 71-N)
02/22/12  House: VOTE: REJECTED (27-Y 71-N)
02/22/12  House: Amendments by Delegate Morrissey rejected
02/22/12  House: Passed House (71-Y 28-N)
02/22/12  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (71-Y 28-N)
02/27/12  Senate: Enrolled
02/27/12  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB349ER)
02/27/12  House: Signed by Speaker
02/28/12  Senate: Signed by President
04/09/12  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 715 (effective 7/1/12)
04/09/12  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0715)