Senate Bill 1564 (Watson – 1992)
Chapter 455, Statutes of 1992, SB 1564
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As enacted in 1992, Senate Bill 1564 added section 222.71 to the Civil Code and amended section 361.5 of the Welfare and Institutions Code. (See Exhibit #1f) Senate Bill 1564 was introduced by Senator Diane Watson on February 18, 1992 at the request of the Children’s Advocacy Institute. (See Exhibits #1a and #3, page 1)
Senate Bill 1564 was assigned to the Senate and Assembly Committees on Judiciary where policy issues raised by the bill were considered. (See Exhibits #3 and #5) The bill was amended by the Senate on April 20, 1992, and by the Assembly on June 26, July 6, and July 13, 1992. (See Exhibits #1b through #1e and #2) Subsequent to legislative approval, Senate Bill 1564 was signed by Governor Pete Wilson on August 9, 1992, and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on August 10, 1992 as Chapter 455 of the Statutes of that year. (See Exhibits #1f and #2)
The Unfinished Business analysis prepared by the Office of Senate Floor Analyses summarizes Senate Bill 1564 as last amended on July 13, 1992 stating:
This bill provides that the juvenile court has the discretion in ordering reunification services for parents whose children have experienced severe sexual abuse or physical harm by the parent or guardian.
1) Added new provisions relative to adoptions.
2) Added provision requiring the court to hold a hearing with[in] 120 days of a dispositional hearing, as specified.
3) Made clarifying and technical changes.
(See Exhibit #8, page 1)