Sources of Revenue:

General Fund

Legislation creates:

Neither Program nor Fund

Fiscal Note Summary

Effect this measure will have on costs and revenues of state government.

    This bill simply clarifies that a child who is physically health and presumed safe is a neglected child if he or she is habitually absent from school without good cause. This bill also provides an exemption for parens whose children are receiving home instruction.

Fiscal Note Detail

Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
1. Estmated Total Cost 0 0 0
Personal Services 0 0 0
Current Expenses 0 0 0
Repairs and Alterations 0 0 0
Assets 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0
2. Estimated Total Revenues 0 0 0

Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):



    This bill does not have any fiscal impact on the State of West Virginia because circuit judges are already using the current code to activate DHHR in certain truancy cases. This does not create a new program. This simply clarifies that even though a child is “physically health” and “presumed safe” that DHHR can be used if the child is not receiving an education. Judges are only activating DHHR as a last resort. This bill actually saves the state money because it will continue to be used by circuit judges to curb the truancy epidemic and hopefully assist in reducing the prison population since eighty percent of the prisoners committed to DOC are high-school dropouts.

    Person submitting Fiscal Note: Tina A. Sevy
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