House Bill 4708 (proposed substitute H-1)

Sponsor:  Rep. Luke Meerman

Committee:  Families, Children and Seniors

Complete to 9-17-19


House Bill 4708 would amend section 8d of the Child Protection Law (CPL). Under current law, in investigating a report of child abuse or child neglect, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) does not have to use its structured decision-making tool to determine the risk of future harm to a child for any of the following:

·         A nonparent adult who lives outside the child’s home.

·         An owner, operator, volunteer, or employee of a licensed child care organization.

·         An owner, operator, volunteer, or employee of a licensed or unlicensed adult foster care family home or adult foster care small group home.

If an individual listed above is found, by a preponderance of the evidence, to be the perpetrator of child abuse or neglect, DHHS must list them on the Central Registry.

The bill would add to the above list an owner, operator, volunteer, or employee of a license-exempt Child Development and Care Program child care provider.

MCL 722.628d


House Bill 4708 would have no fiscal impact on DHHS or local units of government.

                                                                                        Legislative Analyst:   E. Best

                                                                                                Fiscal Analyst:   Viola Bay Wild

This analysis was prepared by nonpartisan House Fiscal Agency staff for use by House members in their deliberations, and does not constitute an official statement of legislative intent.