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HF 310

as introduced - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 02/04/2021 04:14pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to child protection; expanding persons required to report known or
suspected child maltreatment; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 260E.06,
subdivision 1.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 260E.06, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Mandatory reporters.

(a) A person who knows or has reason to believe
a child is being maltreated, as defined in section 260E.03, or has been maltreated within
the preceding three years shall immediately report the information to the local welfare
agency, agency responsible for assessing or investigating the report, police department,
county sheriff, tribal social services agency, or tribal police department if the person is:

(1) a professional or professional's delegate who is engaged in the practice of the healing
arts, social services, hospital administration, psychological or psychiatric treatment, child
care, education, correctional supervision, probation and correctional services, or law
enforcement; deleted text beginor
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(2) employed as a member of the clergy and received the information while engaged in
ministerial duties, provided that a member of the clergy is not required by this subdivision
to report information that is otherwise privileged under section 595.02, subdivision 1,
paragraph (c)deleted text begin.deleted text endnew text begin; or
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new text begin (3) an owner, administrator, or employee of a public or private youth recreation program
or other organization that provides services or activities requiring face-to-face contact with
and supervision of children. A volunteer for a public or private program or organization
under this clause whose duties require face-to-face contact with and supervision of children
is not required to report maltreatment under this section, but is encouraged to report known
or suspected maltreatment and to obtain training on identifying and reporting maltreatment.
new text end

(b) "Practice of social services" for the purposes of this subdivision includes but is not
limited to employee assistance counseling and the provision of guardian ad litem and
parenting time expeditor services.