Amendment #21 to S.1897

Amendment to SECTION 15

Representatives O'Connell of Taunton, Cole of Peabody and Durant of Spencer move that the bill be amended in SECTION 15, in line 488, by adding after the word “child” the following:-



“No court shall make an order providing visitation rights to a parent who has been convicted of murder in the first degree of a sibling of the child who is the subject of the order, unless such child is of suitable age to signify his assent to such order; provided further, that until such order is issued, no person shall visit, with the child present, a parent who has been convicted of murder in the first degree of a sibling of the child.



No court shall make an order providing visitation rights to a parent who has been convicted of sexual assault on any family member; provided further, that this provision shall apply to all siblings regardless of whether the child(ren) placed in the custody of the department is the victim of said sexual assault.



The department of children and families shall make no order providing visitation rights to a parent who has been convicted of murder in the first degree of a sibling of the child who is the subject of the order, unless such child is of suitable age to signify his assent to such order; provided further, that until such order is issued, no person shall visit, with the child present, a parent who has been convicted of murder in the first degree.



The department of children and families shall make no order providing visitation rights to a parent whose child(ren) has been placed in the custody of the department as a result of sexual assault on any family member; provided further, that this provision shall apply to all siblings regardless of whether the child(ren) placed in the custody of the department is the victim of said sexual assault.”