An innocuous looking Senate bill, SB-99-Child Welfare Amendments, contained hidden language. The Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) and Utah Attorney General’s Office added five lines to SB-99.
This language allowed the current practice of “withholding information from a petitioning parent to protect the privacy interest of the other parent or any caregiver who may also be a subject of their child’s records.”
Attorney Jane Tippets
Thanks to Jane’s eagle eyed husband Crossroads Urban Center advocate/associate director advocate, noticing the bill’s changes to the DCFS GRAMA statute. Attorney Greg Ferbrache wrote a letter testifying against the language in SB-99. After significant controversy, SB-99 was sent to the Utah House. It took three substitution and amendment, removing the problematic language.
The pro transparency/pro family bill version of SB-99 passed the House unanimously and unopposed! An impressive feat. This is a victory for the survivors of domestic abuse. Greg was proud to submit his testimony to the Stop of Fix SB-99 movement, resulting in DCFS having accountability to parents, especially low income parents so heavily impacted by these provisions.
Ferbrache Law is proud to serve it’s clients working to lobby for responsible laws and public policy. Helping Utah families, parents and individuals is a rewarding pursuit for Greg. A special thanks to the volunteers of the Conference Committee who worked very hard to get SB-99 fixed: