Child Protection Legislation Signed into Law

After it was fast-tracked through the legislative process, child protection legislation was signed into law implementing two of the 32 recommendations offered by the Governor’s Task Force on the Protection of Children.

The Task Force, which is comprised of state legislators, county officials, college professors, social services professionals, and children’s defense advocates, 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. Its first recommendation repeals a recently-passed statutory provision that bars the consideration of past screened out reports – initial examinations of maltreatment that did not lead to further investigation – when a new 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.

STATUS: The bill was signed into law. (S.F. 807)

Additional Child Protection Legislation

S.F. 4 was introduced early in the session, and featured twelve of the Task Force’s initial recommendations. These components of the bill are intended to give professionals all the information needed to make the best decisions possible as they work to protect Minnesota’s most vulnerable children. Recently, the Task Force approved their final recommendations, which includes over 90 changes to the child protection system, some necessitating legislative action. Additionally, the Governor’s supplemental budget included a $50 million investment in the child protection system.

STATUS: The bill is in the Finance Committee. (S.F. 4)

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