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General Assembly

 

Proposed Bill No. 636

 

January Session, 2009

 

LCO No. 1738

   

Referred to Committee on Human Services

 

Introduced by:

 

SEN. HARP, 10th Dist.

REP. WALKER, 93rd Dist.

REP. DILLON, 92nd Dist.

 

AN ACT CONCERNING THE PRESUMPTION OF INNOCENCE AND PRESERVATION OF CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS IN PROCEEDINGS ALLEGING CHILD ABUSE OR NEGLECT BY A PARENT OR GUARDIAN.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

That chapter 319a of the general statutes be amended to: (1) institute a presumption of a parent's or guardian's innocence in any proceeding alleging child abuse or neglect by the parent or guardian; (2) require the petitioner to prove a parent's or guardian's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in any proceeding alleging child abuse or neglect by the parent or guardian; (3) require the protection of a parent's or guardian's constitutional rights, as afforded to persons charged with criminal offenses, in any proceeding alleging child abuse or neglect by the parent or guardian; (4) require the dismissal from employment of any municipal or state employee found to have violated the constitutional rights of a parent or guardian in any proceeding alleging child abuse or neglect by the parent or guardian; and (5) ensure that any such municipal or state employee not receive immunity.

Statement of Purpose:

To protect parents' and guardians' constitutional rights in child abuse and neglect cases.