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2021 House Bill 1219: Concerning the appointment of counsel for youth in dependency court proceedings
Introduced by Rep. Noel Frame (Seattle) (D) on January 15, 2021
Referred to the House Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee on January 15, 2021
Substitute offered in the House on February 9, 2021
Phases in the mandatory appointment counsel in dependency proceedings for children age 8 and over, beginning July 2022.
Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on February 10, 2021
Substitute offered in the House on February 18, 2021
Adds a null and void clause, making the bill null and void unless funded in the budget.
Amendment offered by Rep. Peter Abbarno (Centralia City) (R) on March 2, 2021
Strikes provisions for phased-in appointment of counsel for all children and instead provides for mandatory appointment of counsel for children age 12 or older..
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 2, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Jim Walsh (Aberdeen) (R) on March 2, 2021
Requires an attorney representing a child in a dependency proceeding to prioritize a child's well-being over their wishes.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 2, 2021
Received in the Senate on March 5, 2021
Referred to the Senate Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation Committee on March 5, 2021
Amendment offered in the Senate on March 19, 2021
• Clarifies that the appointment of an attorney applies for any open dependency case where a child is unrepresented and is entitled to an appointment based on the child's age and the stage of the dependency proceedings. • Clarifies the references to the Washington State Center for Court Research. • Extends the deadline of the children's representation work group to March 31, 2022.
Referred to the Senate Ways & Means Committee on March 22, 2021
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on April 2, 2021
Received in the House on April 14, 2021
Signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on May 10, 2021

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