Child Protection Legislation Passes Senate Floor

Child protection legislation passed the Senate Floor this week on a 60-0 vote. The legislation implements two of the 32 recommendations offered by the Governor’s Task Force on the Protection of Children, which was established after media coverage of a child’s death by maltreatment prompted many to take a closer look at Minnesota’s child protection system.

The Task Force’s first recommendation repeals a recently-passed statutory provision that bars the consideration of past screened out reports – which are initial examinations of abuse that did not lead to further investigation – when a maltreatment report is being screened. The second recommendation included in the legislation revises the public policy statement of Reporting of the Maltreatment of Minors act to make clear that child safety should be the guiding principle in decision-making. (S.F. 807)

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