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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: December 23, 2014 02:51 PM
From: Representative Will Tallman
To: All House members
Subject: Drug and Alcohol Use
In the near future I plan to reintroduce legislation (former HB 339) that would make the use of drugs and alcohol by a parent a more prominent consideration at a permanency hearing for a dependent child.

This legislation will require that courts determine whether the use of alcohol or drugs by the parent of a dependent child places the health, safety or welfare of the child at risk. Furthermore, the failure of a drug test or the refusal to participate in a drug test requested by the county Children and Youth Agency will constitute prima facie evidence of the use of alcohol or drugs that places the child at risk.

My legislation also includes language to provide specific grounds to terminate parental rights for the repeated and continued abuse of alcohol or drugs that places the health, safety or welfare of the child at risk, when the drug or alcohol abuse cannot or will not be remedied by the parent.

I hope that you will consider cosponsoring this legislation.

If you have any questions regarding this legislation please call Carol Hoffman at (717) 783-8875 or e-mail at choffman@pahousegop.com .

Introduced as HB155