NH House kills bill to extend life of child abuse records
CONCORD (AP) - The New Hampshire House has defeated an effort to extend the life of records kept by the state's child protective services agency.
The legislation would have required the Division for Children, Youth and Families to keep records on substantiated abuse and neglect cases forever, compared to seven years under existing law. It also would've extended the life of investigated but unsubstantiated reports from three to 10 years and reported cases which are not investigated from one to seven years.
Advocates for the change say it would better help child services workers identify long-term patterns of abuse or neglect.
But opponents say the changes would be excessive.
The bill had already passed the Senate and was a recommendation of the Commission to Review Child Abuse Fatalities.