About the resolution
H.Con.Res 72 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. In addition, it expresses that states should define required standards of expertise and experience for appointed fee-paid professionals who provide evidence to the court on abuse, trauma and behaviors of victims and perpetrators, specify requirements for the contents of such professional reports, and require courts to find that any appointed professionals meet those standards; and also that 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.
Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Representative for Pennsylvania's 7th congressional district. Republican.
Last Updated: Sep 26, 2018
Length: 4 pages
115th Congress (2017–2019)
This resolution was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on September 25, 2018 but was never passed by the Senate.
86 Cosponsors (53 Democrats, 33 Republicans)
What legislators are saying
“Meehan-Maloney Measure Affirms Importance of Child Safety in Custody, Visitation Adjudications”
— Rep. Patrick Meehan [R-PA7, 2011-2018] (Sponsor) on Jul 26, 2017
“Maloney-Meehan Measure Affirms Importance of Child Safety in Custody, Visitation Adjudications”
— Rep. Carolyn Maloney [D-NY12, 2013-2022] (Co-sponsor) on Jul 26, 2017
“The Hill Report: Week of September 24 - September 28, 2018”
— Rep. Pete Sessions [R-TX17] on Oct 1, 2018
Jul 24, 2017
Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.
Sep 25, 2018
Passed House (Senate next)
The resolution was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.
H.Con.Res. 72 (115th) was a concurrent resolution in the United States Congress.
A concurrent resolution is often used for matters that affect the rules of Congress or to express the sentiment of Congress. It must be agreed to by both the House and Senate in identical form but is not signed by the President and does not carry the force of law.
Resolutions numbers restart every two years. That means there are other resolutions with the number H.Con.Res. 72. This is the one from the 115th Congress.
This concurrent resolution was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.
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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, H.R. Con. Res. 72, 115th Cong. (2017).
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