Status Summary

HB 2582 was amended on the Senate, however the House refused to concur with the bill as amended. The House then asked the Senate to recede from their amendments, they did not, and the bill went back to House Rules. The bill is dead.

Legislative Session

2014

Sponsor

Representative Hargrove

HB 2582 requires the Department of Social and Health Services, in a case where the court approves a sole permanency plan of adoption, to file a petition seeking termination of parental rights unless the court makes a good cause exception as to why the filing of a petition seeking termination of parental rights is not appropriate.

House Floor Amendment:  As amended, the bill requires the court to order the filing of a petition seeking termination of the parent and child relationship if a child has been in out-of-home care for at least 12 consecutive months and the parents have been non-compliant with court-ordered services, in lieu of requiring the court to order the filing of a petition seeking the termination of parental rights in any case where the court approves a sole permanency plan of adoption.

Human Services and Corrections Committee:  As amended, a petition seeking termination of parental rights would take place at 17 months (rather than 12).

Senate Floor Amendment: Adds additional factors that the court must find before ordering a termination petition: DSHS has expressly and understandably offered or provided all necessary services; and there is no genuine issue of material fact that the parents have been noncompliant with court-ordered services and have made no progress toward successfully correcting parental deficiencies.