Senate Bill 274
116th Congress(2019-2020)
Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2019
Introduced
Introduced
Introduced in Senate on Jan 30, 2019
Overview
Text
Sponsor
Introduced
Jan 30, 2019
Latest Action
Jan 30, 2019
Origin Chamber
Senate
Type
Bill
Bill
The primary form of legislative measure used to propose law. Depending on the chamber of origin, bills begin with a designation of either H.R. or S. Joint resolution is another form of legislative measure used to propose law.
Bill Number
274
Congress
116
Policy Area
Social Welfare
Social Welfare
Primary focus of measure is public assistance and Social Security programs; social services matters, including community service, volunteer, and charitable activities. Measures concerning such health programs as Medicare and Medicaid may fall under Health policy area.
Sponsorship by Party
Wyoming
Arkansas
Indiana
Louisiana
Louisiana
Mississippi
Missouri
Missouri
Nebraska
Oklahoma
South Carolina
No Senate votes have been held for this bill.
Summary

Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2019

This bill prohibits discrimination or adverse action against a child welfare provider that declines to provide services due to the provider's sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions. The prohibition applies to the federal government and any state, tribal, or local government that receives federal funding for child and family services or foster care and adoption assistance. However, government entities may still take adverse action against a provider that denies adoption or foster care placement based on the prospective parent or child's race, color, or national origin.

If a state, tribal, or local entity engages in such prohibited actions, the Department of Health and Human Services shall withhold 15% of the federal funds the entity would have received to provide child and family services or foster care and adoption. The bill also provides a private right of action for child welfare providers to sue the government entity for such discrimination, and a prevailing provider shall be entitled to recover reasonable attorney's fees and costs.

A government entity that accepts federal funding for child and family services or foster care and adoption assistance shall have waived sovereign entity as a defense to such discrimination allegations.

Text (1)
January 30, 2019
Actions (2)
01/30/2019
Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
01/30/2019
Introduced in Senate
Public Record
Created
Jan 31, 2019 5:40:16 AM
Updated
Jun 11, 2021 10:01:02 PM