Governor signs Safe Haven bill into law

TOPEKA, Kansas – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2577 into law Thursday.

KSN helped raise awareness and push for the introduction of House Bill 2577 which amends the Newborn Infant Protection Act to expand the list of locations where an infant can be surrendered to include police stations, sheriff’s offices, and law enforcement centers.

The bill was proposed by Representative Jan Pauls of Hutchinson after seeing KSN’s coverage of a woman whose photo was released by police.

Additionally, the bill protects disclosure of the name or other identifiable information of a parent or custodian who voluntarily surrenders physical custody of an infant under the Act, unless there is reasonable suspicion the infant has been abused, and protects the person or facility receiving the infant from civil and criminal liability for any action taken under the Act.

The parent or custodian is not required to reveal personally identifiable information, but can offer information concerning the infant’s familial or medical history.

The bill also clarifies that the person or facility to whom an infant is delivered is prohibited from revealing the name or other identifiable information of the person who delivered the infant, unless there is reasonable suspicion the infant has been abused.

The new law takes effect July 1st.

RELATED LINKS:
KSN Safe Haven Coverage
House Bill 2577

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