Amendment #3 to S.1897

An amendment to protect children

Ms. Cronin of Easton move that the bill be amended by adding the following 3 sections:-



Add to mandate for reporters who know of protective orders where child is present



SECTION . Section 51A of chapter 119 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2012 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “child”, in line 9 the following words:- , or being present at any time during an incident of abuse of a caretaker as evidenced by the application or issuance of an order of protection from abuse pursuant to section 18 or 34B of chapter 208, section 32 of chapter 209, section 3, 4 or 5 of chapter 209A or section 15 of chapter 209C.



Specific Time Frame for Response in 209A incidents involving children



SECTION . Subsection (a) of Section 51B of chapter 119 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2012 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following sentence: The department shall, when a child was reported being present at any time during an incident of abuse of a caretaker, as evidenced by the application or issuance of an order of protection from abuse pursuant to section 18 or 34B of chapter 208, section 32 of chapter 209, section 3, 4 or 5 of chapter 209A or section 15 of chapter 209C, investigate such report pursuant to the requirements of this section within no less than 1 business day after receipt of such report pursuant to said section 51A.



Include 209A’s in the Central Registry



SECTION . Section 51F of chapter 119 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2012 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “51B”, in line 3, the following words:- or any application for relief under sections 3, 4 or 5 of chapter 209A or violation thereof.