SHB 1285 requires the appointment of counsel for a child in a dependency within 72 hours of granting a petition to terminate the parent and child relationship. Lowers, from 12 years to 7 years, the age at which a child in a dependency must be notified of the right to request an attorney. Directs the Washington State Center for Court Research, in consultation with the Office of Civil Legal Aid, with evaluating the effects of the new mandate to provide attorney representation for children in terminations and reporting back to the Legislature and the Governor.
SHB 1285 was amended (consistent with the Senate bill) and passed by the House Judiciary Committee. It was referred and heard in Appropriations but did not come up for a vote. Therefore, the bill is dead.