SECOND REGULAR SESSION

HOUSE BILL NO. 1981

90TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY


INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES HARTZLER (124), GROSS, CHAMPION, CIERPIOT, HOLAND,

MYERS, HANAWAY (Co-sponsors), CRAWFORD, KELLEY (47), MARBLE, HOWERTON, PRYOR,

EVANS, BURTON, KING, BARTELSMEYER, SALLEE, LOUDON, SUMMERS, ENZ, CHRISMER,

OSTMANN, LEVIN, FOSTER, RIDGEWAY, LUETKEMEYER, HENDRICKSON, BOATRIGHT,

PHILLIPS, HOHULIN, PURGASON, BLACK, NAEGER, BARTLE, BARNETT, BERKSTRESSER,

ELLIOTT, GIBBONS, GRIESHEIMER, LEGAN, LINTON, LONG, ALTER, MILLER, MYERS, POUCHE,

PATEK, SCHWAB, SCOTT, SECREST, SHIELDS, TOWNLEY, TUDOR, REINHART, ROBIRDS,

RICHARDSON AND BLUNT.

Read 1st time February 10, 2000, and 1000 copies ordered printed.

ANNE C. WALKER, Chief Clerk

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AN ACT

To amend chapter 453, RSMo, relating to adoption by adding thereto one new section relating to the same subject.




Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:

Section A. Chapter 453, RSMo, is amended by adding thereto one new section, to be known as section 453.011, to read as follows:

453.011. 1. In all cases in which the termination of parental rights or adoption of a child is contested by any person or agency, the trial court shall, consistent with due process, expedite the contested termination or adoption proceeding by entering such scheduling orders as are necessary to ensure that the case is not delayed, and such case shall be given priority in setting a final hearing of the proceeding and shall be heard at the earliest possible date over other civil litigation, other than division of family services' child protection cases.

2. In all cases as specified in subsection 1 of this section which are appealed from the decision of a trial court:

(1) The transcript from the prior court proceeding shall be provided to the appellate court no later than thirty days from the date the appeal is filed; and

(2) The appellate court shall, consistent with its rules, expedite the contested termination of parental rights or adoption case by entering such scheduling orders as are necessary to ensure that a ruling will be entered within thirty days of the close of oral arguments, and such case shall be given priority over all other civil litigation, other than division of family services' child protection cases, in reaching a determination on the status of the termination of parental rights or of the adoption; and

(3) In no event shall the court permit more than one request for an extension by either party.

3. It is the intent of the general assembly that the permanency of the placement of a child who is the subject of a termination of parental rights proceeding or an adoption proceeding not be delayed any longer than is absolutely necessary consistent with the rights of all parties, but that the rights of the child to permanency at the earliest possible date be given priority over all other civil litigation other than division of family services' child protection cases.



Missouri House of Representatives