Sponsored by Representative Pedersen, HB 1506 states that a person who is not the parent of a child may petition for visitation with the child if the person has established an ongoing and substantial relationship with the child. The court will grant visitation if it finds that the child would likely suffer harm or the substantial risk or harm if visitation is not granted and that granting visitation is in the best interest of the child. The court will consider the respondent’s reasons for denying visitation, as it is presumed that a fit parent’s decision to deny visitation is in the best interest of the child and does not create a likelihood or substantial risk of harm. To address this presumption, the petitioner must prove by clear and convincing evidence that the child would likely suffer harm or the substantial risk of harm if visitation were not granted.
HB 1506 did not come up for a vote in the House Judiciary Committee. Therefore, the bill died.