Sponsored by Representative Pedersen, HB 1934 states that a person who is not the parent of a child may petition for visitation with the child if the person has established an ongoing and substantial relationship with the child. The court will grant visitation if it finds that the child would likely suffer harm or the substantial risk or harm if visitation is not granted and that granting visitation is in the best interest of the child. The court will consider the respondent’s reasons for denying visitation, as it is presumed that a fit parent’s decision to deny visitation is in the best interest of the child and does not create a likelihood or substantial risk of harm. To address this presumption, the petitioner must prove by clear and convincing evidence that the child would likely suffer harm or the substantial risk of harm if visitation were not granted. The petitioner may not file a petition for visitation more than once, unless at least two years have passed since the final order issued on the previous petition for visitation or there has been a substantial change in circumstances.
HB 1934 did not come up for executive action in the Senate Committee on Human Services & Corrections and therefore died.