HB4600 - Making abuse against special needs students a felony
HB3271 - Increasing monitoring of special education classrooms
HB2008 - Requiring local entities to enforce immigration laws
DATE OF PASSAGE: March 12, 2022
This bill creates it to be a crime of abuse of a disabled child by a caregiver or person in position of trust, enhances penalties for crimes involving bodily injury or death, and creates a new crime for failure to report abuse of a disabled child or preventing another from making such a report.
The bill is addressing the issue that disabled children, as our most vulnerable citizens, must be protected from abuse by those persons entrusted with their care. Many times, disabled children are powerless to react to victimization, and their disabilities can impair their ability to recognize or report the abuse. The bill not only creates criminal penalties for the actual abuse, but it penalizes the act of witnessing abuse and knowingly failing to report the abuse, or knowingly preventing other from reporting the abuse. While we would hope that no one would ever commit an act of abuse against a disabled child or fail to report such abuse, this bill is providing the appropriate tools for a prosecuting attorney to adequately seek punishment for such actions in which disabled children are victimized.
As a first time legislator to bring a bill into existence is amazing, but to have all green-votes in both Chambers and being signed into law by the Governor is a huge accomplishment of all the people involved. Thanks be to the parents Beth and Craig Bowden, Allison Bungard, the bill-writers, the councils, the Chairs of the committees, the citizens that made calls/emailed, the list goes on and on. There are so many people involved and it is a lot of work to get the word out: The bill is coming, this is what it supposed to accomplish, will you support it?
We got it, IT IS LAW!
DATE OF PASSAGE: March 9, 2023
This bill increases monitoring of special education classrooms by requiring audio recording devices in the bathrooms of self-contained classrooms. The bill requires the county to review no less than 15 minutes of the recordings no less than every 90 days. The bill requires the county board of education to provide the audio recording device by August 1, 2023 and allows a waiver until August 1, 2024 for boards unable to receive such devices. The bill requires posting of the bathrooms of the audio recording. The bill allows parents to opt-out of their children using the bathrooms with audio recording devices installed with an alternate arrangement under an individualized education plan.
DATE OF PASSAGE: March 11, 2023
This bill clarifies that state and local governmental entities are prohibited from establishing or maintaining policies which inhibit compliance with federal immigration laws. The bill provides definitions relating to federal immigration enforcement. The bill prohibits the adoption by state and local entities, and law enforcement agencies, of certain laws, policies, directives, orders, practices, procedures, or customs which prohibit or materially restrict certain cooperation with federal immigration authorities. The bill creates mandatory duties for law enforcement agencies relating to immigration enforcement. The bill mandates certain agreements with correctional facilities and federal immigration authorities regarding detainers. The bill creates a complaint process to the Attorney General for violations and an enforcement process. The bill mandates that elected officials who violate the article may be removed for official misconduct and malfeasance. The bill authorizes the AG to defend local entities and law enforcement agencies in good faith compliance. The bill provides whistle-blower protections to certain employees. The bill requires that the article be enforced in a non-discriminatory manner.