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LB 22: Change Parenting Act provisions (Joint Legal and parenting time emphasis)

As introduced: LB22 was introduced to change provisions of the Parenting Act relating to findings and parenting plans. LB22 specifically declares that the Legislature recognizes that the interest of parents in the care, custody, and control of their children is perhaps the oldest of the fundamental liberty interests.

LB22 further declares that it is the public policy of this state and the general purpose of the Parenting Act that, absent evidence to the contrary, it is in a child’s best interest to have substantial, frequent, meaningful, and continuing parenting time with both parents and to have both parents participate in decision making with regard to the child.

Introducing Senator(s): Hadley; Karpisek (priority)

Committee: Judiciary

Committee Hearing Date: February 6, 2013

Current Status: Not voted out of committee

Estimated Fiscal Impact: LB 22 would have a one-time fiscal impact on the Supreme Court to reprint required brochures concerning the Parenting Act and revise the curriculum and conduct training for Parenting Act mediators. The estimated cost is $10,000 General Funds.

Potential long-term fiscal impact: the experience of other states with similar legislation shows that additional court staff was added in order to assist in the implementation of parenting plans. Additional positions would not be necessary for the Supreme Court in the next biennium, but more resources may be needed in future years.

Voices for Children’s Position: Neutral (see our testimony)

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