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Take Back Kentucky Legislative Action Alert

Oppose: House Bill 388: Expansion of CPS Authority

3/14/2016

Call 1-800-372-7181

Sponsor(s):                 J. Greer, G. Brown Jr.

Status:                       

  • Feb 10, 2016 – introduced in House
  • Feb 11, 2016 – to Judiciary (H)
  • Feb 16, 2016 – reassigned to Health & Welfare (H); posted in committee
  • Mar 03, 2016 – reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute (1)
  • Mar 04, 2016 – 2nd reading, to Rules
  • Mar 07, 2016 – posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Tuesday, March 8, 2016
  • Mar 09, 2016 – 3rd reading, passed 96-0 with Committee Substitute (1)
  • Mar 10, 2016 – received in Senate

Committee:                Will go to the Senate Health & Welfare Committee

Timeframe:                 Committee meets every Wednesday @ 10AM in Annex Room 131

Message is for:           All Senate Leadership, Your Senator, and Members of the Senate Health & Welfare Committee

Message:                     “Oppose HB 388. We do not need to expand CPS’s authority, we need to instead reform it.”

Optional:                    E-mail the legislators on the committee. Example e-mail address: Firstname.Lastname@lrc.ky.gov . If that doesn’t work they have a contact page on their informational page.

Information: Unannounced CPS Visits: This bill will give CPS the authority to make ongoing unannounced visits to the location a child was allegedly abused. While this may sound good on the surface there are a few problems with this. For example, a neighbor thinks he overhears you disciplining a child and without seeing and knowing the details, construes it falsely, and calls it in. CPS shows up later but finds out it was not your child but your niece (did your sister go too far or was it an out of control tantrum). This bill would REQUIRE more visits (to your residence) to try tracking down your niece. Two major problems, one is who decides if the child is safe or unsafe, and the other is why do we want to require visits when they may be unnecessary or unconstitutionally intrusive? Furthermore it is common knowledge that CPS has more cases that it can actually handle, yet now we are going to mandate these visits instead of each of these cases being handled based on their merits. Finally CPS is known for its corruption as reported by the media in 2006 and 2007. An entity that is conducted in such a manner as CPS should be reformed not handed more authority.

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One Response to “Oppose HB 388: Expansion of CPS Authority”

  1. David Fletcher says:

    Thank God you are concerned about HB 388 and Maris law

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