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  • NJ A2118
  • Expands definitions of "abused child" or "abused or neglected child" to include prenatal exposure of child to controlled substances.
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(1/27/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill revises the definition of abused child to include a child subject to prenatal exposure to a controlled dangerous substance. The bill amends section 2 of P.L.1971, c.437 (C.9:6-8.9) and section 1 of P.L.1974, c.119 (C.9:6-8.21) to expand the definitions of "abused child" and "abused or neglected child" respectively, to include prenatal exposure to a controlled dangerous substance. Specifically, the bill defines "prenatal exposure to a controlled dangerous substance" as the use of a controlled dangerous substance by a pregnant woman which leads to a child's exposure in utero to the substance, the presence of which was not the result of a medical treatment administered to the mother during pregnancy or to the child at birth. Under the provisions of the bill, exposure to a controlled dangerous substance would be established by a toxicology test administered at birth that indicates the child's blood, urine, or meconium or the mother's blood or urine contains an amount, including a trace amount, of the substance. Exposure may also be established by any other evidence that indicates the use of the substance by the mother during pregnancy.
Women and Children
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Women and Children Committee  (on 1/27/2016)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Women and Children Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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