HB 1228

83(R) - 2013
Civil Justice

Vote Recommendation

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Dawnna Dukes

Bill Caption

Relating to consideration by the court of sexual abuse and conduct that constitutes sexual assault in certain suits affecting the parent-child relationship.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication is anticipated on the State or local governments.

Bill Analysis

Summary: HB 1228 would allow a court to consider possible sexual abuse when determining the custody of a child and whether this sexual abuse led to the birth of the child.

Analysis: HB 1228 denies parental rights to the father of a child who resulted from sexual abuse. If an individual has a history of being sexually abusive, a court should be able to factor this into a decision. HB 1228 would hold sexually abusive people accountable for their actions. We recommend voting YES on HB 1228.