The Republican-led House defeated a bill Wednesday that would require the state’s child protective services agency to keep reports of abuse and neglect on file for longer periods of time.
Opponents said the increase was excessive. But advocates said the change, recommended by Attorney General Joe Foster in the wake recent toddler deaths, is needed to protect the state’s youngest residents by informing child protective workers about potential patterns of abuse.
“This is not a political issue,” said Rep. Skip Berrien, an Exeter Democrat. “The safety of our children is a paramount concern.”
The House rejected a Child and Family Law Committee recommendation to pass the bill before killing it outright by a vote of 201-148.