2011 House Bill 1680 (Concerning child abuse investigations and proceedings)
Introduced by Rep. Deborah Eddy, (D-Kirkland) (D) on January 28, 2011, modifies current law concerning rights and responsibilities during child abuse investigations. This act provides that a child’s interest should be paramount to a parent’s interest and that the best interest of the child should ultimately be protected. This act eliminates liability of governmental entities, and their officers, agents, employees, and volunteers, in tort to alleged perpetrators of abuse or neglect for acts or omissions in investigation of reports of child abuse. This act modifies the duty to conduct a reasonable investigation of child abuse or neglect upon a referral to only apply to children who are the subject of a referral. Washington Votes
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Declares an intent to: (1) Overrule Tyner v. DSHS and other cases in which the courts have held that chapter 26.44 RCW (abuse of children) creates an implied right of action for parents or other caretakers who are alleged abusers;
(2) Codify certain portions of the holdings in M. W. v. DSHS and Roberson V. Perez relating to tort liability;
(3) Clarify that child abuse investigators are entitled to the same witness immunity as other witnesses in court proceedings and liability shall not be imposed on the state in cases where the department of social and health services or child abuse investigators are following orders of the court; and
(4) Protect interests of the parents through certain judicial review and other procedures.
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