House Study Bill 626 - Introduced SENATE/HOUSE FILE _____ BY (PROPOSED DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES BILL) A BILL FOR An Act relating to child abuse involving the commission of 1 a sexual offense with or to a child by a person who is 2 eighteen years of age or older. 3 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 4 TLSB 5305XD (2) 87 hb/rh
S.F. _____ H.F. _____ Section 1. Section 232.68, subsection 2, paragraph a, 1 subparagraph (3), Code 2018, is amended to read as follows: 2 (3) The commission of a sexual offense with or to a child 3 pursuant to chapter 709 , section 726.2 , or section 728.12, 4 subsection 1 , as a result of the acts or omissions of the 5 person responsible for the care of the child or of a person who 6 is eighteen years of age or older and resides in a home with 7 the child. Notwithstanding section 702.5 , the commission of 8 a sexual offense under this subparagraph includes any sexual 9 offense referred to in this subparagraph with or to a person 10 under the age of eighteen years. 11 EXPLANATION 12 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 13 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 14 This bill amends the definition of child abuse in Code 15 chapter 232, relating to child abuse reporting and assessments. 16 Under current law, child abuse is defined to include the 17 commission of a sexual offense with or to a child as a result of 18 the acts or omissions of the person responsible for the care of 19 the child or of a person, regardless of the age of the person, 20 who resides in a home with the child. 21 The bill changes current law to provide that child abuse 22 includes the commission of a sexual offense with or to a child 23 as a result of the acts or omissions of the person responsible 24 for the care of the child or of a person who is 18 years of age 25 or older and resides in a home with the child. 26 -1- LSB 5305XD (2) 87 hb/rh 1/ 1