|Posted:||December 12, 2016 02:46 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 155) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
Introduced as HB243