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2018 House Bill 5751: Revise surrendered newborn law details
Introduced by Rep. Daire Rendon (R) on March 22, 2018
To revise a “safe delivery of newborns” law passed in 2000, which provides legal protections to a mother who surrenders a newborn to an emergency service provider. This and House Bill 5750 would allow a provider to install a “newborn safety device” similar in operation to a bank drive-up window or library book return slot, except it would be clean, safe, warm and designed to trigger a 911-call and a notice to staff within 30 seconds that there’s a baby inside. This is intended to let a mother surrender a baby anonymously.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee on March 22, 2018
Reported in the House on May 10, 2018
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Received in the Senate on May 17, 2018
Referred to the Senate Families, Seniors & Human Services Committee on May 17, 2018
Reported in the Senate on September 25, 2018
With the recommendation that the bill pass.
Amendment offered by Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) on December 18, 2018
To make a baby-box manufacturer liable if anything bad happens due to misuse or a malfunction of the device.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 18, 2018
Amendment offered by Sen. Steve Bieda (D) on December 18, 2018
To only allow a baby box to be installed at a hospital emergency services provider that has 24-hour staffing seven days a week.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 18, 2018
Received in the House on December 20, 2018
Vetoed by Gov. Rick Snyder on December 27, 2018

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