Child protection, false reports
JUVENILES – Amends existing law to provide that reporting child abuse, abandonment, or neglect falsely, in bad faith, or with malice is a misdemeanor.

RS30019C1 / H0020

This legislation amends Section 16-1607 related to reporting abuse, neglect or the abandonment of children under the Child Protective Act. Currently a person who reports allegations to CPS that they know to be false or reports allegations in bad faith or with malice is subject to civil liability to the parties against whom the report was made. This legislation retains the civil liability and adds a misdemeanor criminal penalty for these types of reports.

This is a change in policy only and results in no fiscal impact to the general fund or to local governments.

Bill Events
Date Description
01/20 Introduced, read first time, referred to JRA for Printing
01/23 Reported Printed and Referred to Judiciary, Rules & Administration