Missouri Bill Expanding the Definition of ‘Neglect’ (HB 781)

This law was last updated on Feb 2, 2019


This law is Anti–Choice

State

Missouri

Number

HB 781

Status

Proposed

Proposed

Jan 31, 2019

Topics

Substance Abuse During Pregnancy

Full Bill Text

www.house.mo.gov

HB 781 would expand the definition of “neglect” to include:

“Causing a child to be born with a controlled substance, as defined under section 195.010, present in the child’s bodily fluids or bodily substances as a result of the pregnant mother knowingly using a controlled substance before the birth of the child.”

Under Missouri law, the offense of abuse or neglect of a child is a felony.


Related Legislation

Identical to HB 1762 (2018) and HB 1176 (2017), both of which failed to pass.


Latest Action

1/31/19 – Introduced.


People

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