House Concurrent Resolution 72
115th Congress(2017-2018)
Expressing the sense of Congress that child safety is the first priority of custody and visitation adjudications, and that State courts should improve adjudications of custody where family violence is alleged.
Active
Active
Passed House on Sep 25, 2018
Overview
Text
Introduced
Jul 24, 2017
Latest Action
Sep 26, 2018
Origin Chamber
House
Type
Concurrent Resolution
Concurrent Resolution
A form of legislative measure used for the regulation of business within both chambers of Congress, not for proposing changes in law. Depending on the chamber of origin, they begin with a designation of either H.Con.Res. or S.Con.Res. Joint resolutions and simple resolutions are other types of resolutions.
Bill Number
72
Congress
115
Policy Area
Families
Families
Primary focus of measure is child and family welfare, services, and relationships; marriage and family status; domestic violence and child abuse. Measures concerning public assistance programs or aging may fall under Social Welfare policy area.
Sponsorship by Party
Pennsylvania
California
California
California
California
California
California
California
California
California
California
California
California
California
California
California
California
California
California
California
California
California
California
California
California
California
Colorado
Connecticut
District of Columbia
Florida
Florida
Maryland
Minnesota
Mississippi
New Hampshire
New York
New York
New York
New York
New York
New York
New York
New York
North Carolina
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
Tennessee
Texas
Washington
Washington
Passed
September 25, 2018
Type
Voice Vote
Voice Vote
A vote in which the presiding officer states the question, then asks those in favor and against to say "Yea" or "Nay," respectively, and announces the result according to his or her judgment. The names or numbers of senators voting on each side are not recorded.
Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.(text: CR H8844-8845)
Summary

Expresses the sense of Congress that:

  • child safety is the first priority of custody and parenting adjudications, and courts should resolve safety risks and claims of family violence before assessing other best interest factors;
  • quasi-scientific evidence should be admitted by courts only when it meets admissibility standards for scientific evidence;
  • evidence from court-affiliated or appointed fee-paid professionals regarding adult or child abuse allegations in custody cases should be considered only when the professional possesses documented expertise and experience in the relevant types of abuse, trauma, and the behaviors of victims and perpetrators;
  • states should define required standards of expertise and experience for appointed fee-paid professionals who provide evidence to the court on behaviors of abuse victims and perpetrators, specify requirements for the contents of such professional reports, and require courts to find that any appointed professionals meet those standards;
  • states should consider models under which court-appointed professionals are paid directly by the courts, with potential reimbursement by the parties after due consideration of the parties' financial circumstances; and
  • Congress should schedule hearings on family courts' practices with regard to children's safety and civil rights.
Text (3)
September 26, 2018
September 25, 2018
July 24, 2017
Actions (9)
09/26/2018
Received in the Senate.
09/25/2018
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
09/25/2018
On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended Agreed to by voice vote. (text: CR H8844-8845)
09/25/2018
Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.(text: CR H8844-8845)
09/25/2018
DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Con. Res. 72.
09/25/2018
Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H8844-8847)
09/25/2018
Mr. Rutherford moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended.
07/24/2017
Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
07/24/2017
Introduced in House
Public Record
Record Created
Jul 25, 2017 3:11:30 AM
Record Updated
Apr 16, 2021 5:36:00 PM