HB4362 S JUD AM #1

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The Committee on the Judiciary moved to amend the bill by striking out everything after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

§61-8D-5a. Verbal abuse of noncommunicative child; penalties.

The amendments made to this section during the 2020 Regular Session of the Legislature shall be known as “Adri’s, Owen’s, and Emma’s Law”.

(a) Any person, 18 years of age or older, who has supervisory responsibility over a noncommunicative minor child, who repeatedly engages in verbal conduct toward the child in an insulting, demeaning or threatening manner, is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not less that $500 nor more that $2,500 or confined in jail not more than six months, or both fined and confined.

(b) As used in section (a) of this section:

(1) “Noncommunicative child” means a child who, due to physical or developmental disabilities is unable to communicate verbally, in writing, or through a recognized sign language;

(2) “Repeatedly” means on two or more occasions;

(3) “Supervisory responsibility” means any situation where an adult has direct supervisory decision-making, oversight, instructive, academic, evaluative, or advisory responsibilities regarding the child. Supervisory responsibility can occur in a residence, in or out of a school setting, institutional setting, and in curricular, co-curricular, or extra-curricular settings.