This act amends RCW 26.44.080 and 26.44.030 regarding mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect.
The legislature amends RCW 26.44.080 to include in subsection (1)(a) that any person who knowingly fails to make, or knowingly fails to cause to be made, a mandatory report pursuant to RCW 26.44.030 and 26.44.040, shall be found guilty of a misdemeanor.
Subsection (1)(b) is amended to include that any person who knowingly obstructs the duty of a mandatory reporter to make a report shall be guilty of a gross misdemeanor.
Furthermore, subsection (2) is amended to include that a class 1 civil infraction may be issued to any person who is required to make, or to cause to be made, a report, and fails to make, or fails to cause to be made, such report, due to negligence, which shall be served by a notice of infraction.
Subsection (3) is amended to include that a court may defer findings, or in a hearing to explain mitigating circumstances, for up to 1 year and impose conditions upon the defendant that the court deems appropriate. The court may assess costs as the court deems appropriate for administrative processing.
Section 2 of HB 2033 amends RCW 26.44.030 by adding subsection (23) which specifies that state contracts with youth-serving organizations shall include a requirement that these organizations provide a signed acknowledgement of their compliance with the mandatory reporter posting law.