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Concerning mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect (Hayes, Smith, Johnson)

States that a person who: (1) Obstructs the duty of a mandatory reporter to make a report is guilty of a gross misdemeanor; and (2) Is a mandatory reporter and fails to make, or fails to cause to be made, the report, due to negligence, is guilty of an infraction which shall be served by a notice of infraction by law enforcement officers or prosecuting attorneys with a monetary penalty of two hundred fifty dollars. Requires state contracts with youth-serving organizations to include a requirement that youth-serving organizations provide a signed acknowledgment of the organization's compliance with the mandatory reporter posting law.

EFFECT OF HOUSE FLOOR AMENDMENTS:
(1) Decreases the criminal penalty for failing to make, or failing to cause to be made, a mandatory report of child abuse or neglect from a gross misdemeanor to a misdemeanor (the penalty for a person knowingly obstructing a mandatory reporter remains a gross misdemeanor). (2) Clarifies that a civil infraction may be issued for a mandatory reporter who fails to report, or cause a report to be made, due to negligence. (3) Makes a technical correction that inserts the word "to."

Hearing Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018 -- 6:00 pm

WA State Legislature Link:
http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=2509&Year=2017    (opens a new browser tab)