Status Summary

*From 2019 Session* By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status on 1.13.2020. Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means at 3:30 PM on 1.14.2020. Referred to Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation Public hearing of 2nd substitute scheduled in the Senate Committee on Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation on 2.5.2020. Public hearing and executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Human Services, Reentry and Rehabilitation on 2.5.2020. Referred to Ways and Means on 2.6.2020. Public hearing in Ways & Means on 2.10.2020. Executive action taken in Ways & Means on 2.11.2020; 3rd substitute bill passed and referred to Rules for second reading. Placed on second reading consent calendar on 2.13.2020. Placed on second reading on 2.14.2020. Senate Rules "X" file on 2.24.2020. (updated 3.13.2020) 

Legislative Session



In Progress



Creates a process for applying for grant funds to support baby courts in two superior courts that serve both rural and urban populations by January 1, 2021 through the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) Family and Juvenile Court Improvement Grant Program (grant program).

Defines "baby court" as a therapeutic court that provides an intensive court process for families with a child under age three who has been found dependent. Establishes what a baby court must include.

Requires AOC to collect outcome data on baby courts, and submit an annual report to the fiscal committees of the Legislature beginning December 1, 2021. Language is included stating that the grant funds are intended to supplement and not supplant other funds.


2nd substitute:

Date changed from January 2020 to January 2021

Maintains the definition of "baby court."

Establishes the duties of a baby court.

Date of AOC report moved from December 2021 to December 2022.

Gives priority for baby court implementation grants to courts that will commit additional funding. Clarifies that grant funds cannot supplant existing funds for baby courts.