Status Summary

First reading, referred to Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation on 1.22.21. 

Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation on 1.28.21.

Executive session scheduled, but no action taken, in the Senate Committee on Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation on 2.4.21. 

Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Behavioral Health Subcommittee to Health & Long Term Care on 2.5.21; 1st substitute bill passed and refer to Ways & Means. 

Referred to Ways & Means on 2.8.21.

Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means on 2.16.21.

Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means on 2.18.21; 2nd substitute bill passed.

Passed to Rules Committee for second reading on 2.19.21.

Placed on second reading by Rules Committee on 2.23.21.

2nd substitute bill substituted Rules suspended. Placed and passed on Third Reading on 2.25.21.

In the House

First reading, referred Children, Youth & Families on 2.27.21.

Public hearing in the House Committee on Children, Youth & Families on 3.11.21. 

Executive session scheduled but no action taken in the House Committee on Children, Youth & Families on 3.17.21 at 10:00 a.m.

Executive action taken in the House Committee on Children, Youth & Families on 3.22.21; majority pass.

Referred to Appropriations on 3.24.21.

Public hearing and executive action taken in the House Committee on Appropriations on 4.1.21; majority pass.

Referred to Rules 2 Review on 4.2.21.

Rules Committee relieved of further consideration. Placed on second reading on 4.6.21.

Floor amendment(s) adopted.

Rules suspended. Placed and passed on Third Reading on 4.11.21.

IN THE SENATE

Senate concurred in House amendments.

Passed final passage on 4.20.21.

Apr 23

President signed.

IN THE HOUSE

Apr 24

Speaker signed.

OTHER THAN LEGISLATIVE ACTION

Apr 26

Delivered to Governor

(updated 4.30.21)

Legislative Session

2021

Status

In Progress

Sponsor

Gildon

SB5331 establishes an early childhood court program for young children and their families involved or at risk of becoming involved in Washington's child welfare system.  The law outlines that superior courts may establish an early childhood court program to serve the needs of infants and toddlers in the dependency system and defines core components into the program:
1. a MOU with DCYF about the terms;
2. a community coordinator;  
3. an active community team; and 
4. rules related to post-removal conferences and family team meetings.

SB5331 also directs judges of the superior court judicial districts with early childhood court programs to adopt local rules directing the programs and lays out requirements of judicial officers hearing cases in an early childhood court program.
Finally, the law directs the Administrative Office of the Courts to conduct a program evaluation and post it on their website.

Substitute Bill:

  • Establishes the Early Childhood Court Program (ECCP) which superior courts may implement to serve the needs of infants and toddlers under the age of three who are dependent.
  • Creates training requirements for judicial officers hearing cases in an ECCP.
  • Directs the Administrative Office of the Courts to administer the training requirements and, if funding is available, evaluate the ECCPs.

Senate Floor Amendment:

  • Allows community coordinators to be employed by the court, the county, or a nonprofit entity. Makes the administrative office of the courts' involvement in certification of training requirements subject to available funding.

Second Substitute:

  • Establishes the Early Childhood Court Program (ECCP) which superior courts may implement to serve the needs of infants and toddlers under the age of three who are dependent. 
  • Creates training requirements for judicial officers hearing cases in an ECCP. 
  • Provides that, the Administrative Office of the Courts is to administer the training requirements and evaluate the ECCPs, subject to appropriations.