Introduced by Rep. Bill Hinkle, (R-Cle Elum) (R) on January 17, 2007, to require a person who petitions the court in a child welfare case to provide additional information. The new information would include psychological evaluations, service reports, visitation reports, foster parent reports, medical reports, and other reports relevant to that particular court hearing.
Referred to the House Early Learning and Children's Services on January 17, 2007.
Substitute offered to the House Early Learning and Children's Services on February 15, 2007, to limit the occasions when the Department is required to submit documentation to include only those reports in which the Department is recommending the child be placed with the parent after having been removed from the parent due to abuse or neglect. The substitute specifies which reports should be provided to the court in relation to specific issue areas and clarifies that the entire history of the parent is not to be provided to the court. A short title is added to name the bill the "Raphael Gomez Act".
Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on February 19, 2007.
Substitute offered to the House Appropriations Committee on February 27, 2007, to add a null and void clause.
Referred to the House Rules Committee on February 28, 2007.
Referred to the Senate Human Services & Corrections Committee on March 8, 2007.
Amendment offered to the Senate Human Services & Corrections Committee on March 29, 2007, to simplify legislative
Ensures that provisions requiring further documentation apply to all DSHS placement
recommendations in dependency cases, rather than just cases in which the child is being
returned to the biological parent.
Adds a provision requiring original documentation supporting assertions regarding the
appropriateness and qualifications of a proposed placement, including a home study or
criminal background check information.
Ensures that documentation regarding a child's injuries not be limited to injuries occurring
while in the care of the parent.
Eliminates specific references to the parent in the context of the various classes of documents
that must be provided.
Referred to the Senate Ways & Means Committee on March 30, 2007.
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on April 2, 2007.