SB 1199 Blind parents; custody or visitation rights.
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Summary as passed Senate: (all summaries)

Rights of blind parents. Provides that a blind parent's blindness, as defined in the bill, shall not be the sole basis of the denial or restriction of such parent's custody or visitation rights. The bill requires a party who alleges that a parent's blindness should be a factor to be considered to not be in the best interests of the child, or should otherwise be a reason to deny or restrict such a parent's custody or visitation rights, to prove by clear and convincing evidence that the child's best interests would not be met or served due to such parent's blindness. The bill allows a blind parent to demonstrate how supportive parenting services would appropriately address any threats to the child's best interests and further allows that such services be ordered by the court. The bill requires a court to make findings where the court denies or restricts custody or visitation of a blind parent or where supportive parenting services are not ordered, and to provide such findings in an accessible format. The same requirements apply to the denial of approval of a blind prospective foster parent, or removal of a child from a blind foster parent's home, and to the denial of a final order of adoption wherein the prospective adoptive parent is blind.

Full text:
01/10/17  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17103085D  pdf | impact statement
02/01/17  Senate: Committee substitute printed 17104405D-S1  pdf | impact statement

Status:
01/10/17  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17103085D
01/10/17  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/01/17  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 1-N)
02/01/17  Senate: Committee substitute printed 17104405D-S1
02/03/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/06/17  Senate: Read second time
02/06/17  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/06/17  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 17104405D-S1
02/06/17  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1199S1
02/07/17  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/09/17  House: Placed on Calendar
02/09/17  House: Read first time
02/09/17  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/09/17  House: Assigned Courts sub: Civil Law
02/13/17  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/21/17  House: Left in Courts of Justice