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Child Welfare Legislative Updates: November 30-December 11

Please review the following child welfare legislative updates from November 30 – December 11 pertinent to children and families. These bills and other important legislation can be tracked at GovTrack.us.

Health  

S. 4949 —Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) Finance (12/02/20)
A bill to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to publish guidance for states on strategies for maternal care providers participating in the Medicaid program to reduce maternal mortality and severe morbidity with respect to individuals receiving medical assistance under such program.

H.R. 8862 — Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) Education Labor (12/03/20)
A bill to reauthorize the Pregnancy Assistance Fund. 

S. 4993 — Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) Health; Education; Labor (12/09/20)
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to promote healthy eating and physical activity among children.

Child Protection

S. 4983 — Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) Judiciary (12/09/20)
A bill to combat human trafficking and to strengthen civil remedies for survivors.
S. 5012 — Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) Judiciary (12/11/20)
A bill to provide for criminal and civil liability for an interactive computer service that willfully or recklessly promotes or facilitates child exploitation, and for other purposes.

Family Support

S.Res. 787 — Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) (12/02/20)
A resolution expressing support for the goals of National Adoption Month and National Adoption Day by promoting national awareness of adoption and the children waiting for adoption, celebrating children and families involved in adoption, and encouraging the people of the United States to secure safety, permanency and well-being for all children.

H.R. 8944 — Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) Education and Labor; Oversight and Reform; House Administration; Ways and Means (12/10/20)
A bill to include leave for employees who are unable to work due to minor children in optional virtual or hybrid learning, and for other purposes.

Education  

S. 4930  — Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) Health; Education; Labor; Pensions (11/30/20)
A bill to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to improve mental health services for students, and for other purposes.

S. 4924 — Sen. Christopher Murphy (D-CT) Health; Education; Labor (11/30/20)
A bill to prohibit and prevent seclusion, mechanical restraint, chemical restraint and dangerous restraints that restrict breathing, and to prevent and reduce the use of physical restraint in schools, and for other purposes. 

S. 4936 — Sen. Christopher Murphy (D-CT) Health; Education; Labor; Pensions (11/30/20)
A bill to prohibit the use of corporal punishment in schools, and for other purposes.

Floor Action Updates

Family Support 

Floor Action: 

S. 3325: PARENTS Act of 2020

A bill to amend Part D of Title IV of the Social Security Act to allow states to use incentive payments available under the Child Support Enforcement program to improve parent-child relationships, increase child support collections and improve outcomes for children by supporting parenting time agreements for noncustodial parents in uncontested agreements, and for other purposes.

Last Action: This bill passed in the Senate on December 8, 2020, and goes to the House next for consideration. Passed Senate without amendment by Voice Vote.

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of A Second Chance, Inc.

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