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HB 4188 - Authorizes Adoption Agencies to Deny Services for Religious Reasons - Michigan Key Vote

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Title: Authorizes Adoption Agencies to Deny Services for Religious Reasons

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Title: Authorizes Adoption Agencies to Deny Services for Religious Reasons

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to concur with Senate amendments and pass a bill that authorizes adoption agencies to withhold services that conflict with the agency's religious beliefs.

Highlights:

  • Authorizes a child-placing agency to withhold services if those services conflict with, or create a circumstance that conflicts with, the agency’s documented religious beliefs (Sec. 14).
  • Requires a child-placing agency that withholds service to provide the applicant with written referrals, including the following referrals (Sec. 14):
    • A referral to another agency that is willing and able to provide the service; or
    • A referral to a list of agencies on the Department of Human Services website.
  • Prohibits a state or local unit of government from taking an “adverse action” against a child-placing agency on the basis that the agency has decided to accept or not accept a referral from the Department of Human Services (Sec. 14).
  • Defines “adverse action” as actions including, but not limited to, the following actions (Sec.14):
    • Actions cancelling a child-placing agency’s funding;
    • Actions cancelling a contract with the child-placing agency; or
    • Actions cancelling the child-placing agency’s license.

 

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Title: Authorizes Adoption Agencies to Deny Services for Religious Reasons

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that authorizes child placement agencies to withhold services that conflict with the agency's religious beliefs.

Highlights:

  • Authorizes a child-placing agency to withhold services if those services conflict with, or create a circumstance that conflicts with, the agency’s documented religious beliefs (Sec. 14).
  • Requires a child-placing agency that withholds service to provide the applicant with written referrals, including the following referrals (Sec. 14):
    • A referral to another agency that is willing and able to provide the service; or
    • A referral to a list of agencies on the Department of Human Services website.
  • Prohibits a state or local unit of government from taking an “adverse action” against a child-placing agency on the basis that the agency has decided to accept or not accept a referral from the Department of Human Services (Sec. 14).
  • Defines “adverse action” as actions including, but not limited to, the following actions (Sec.14):
    • Actions cancelling a child-placing agency’s funding;
    • Actions cancelling a contract with the child-placing agency; or
    • Actions cancelling the child-placing agency’s license.

 

NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.

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Title: Authorizes Adoption Agencies to Deny Services for Religious Reasons

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that authorizes child placement agencies to withhold services that conflict with the agency's religious beliefs.

Highlights:

  • Authorizes a child-placing agency to withhold services if those services conflict with, or create a circumstances that conflict with, the agency’s documented religious beliefs (Sec. 14E).
  • Prohibits a state or local unit of government from taking any adverse action against a child placing agency on the basis that the agency has decided to accept or not accept a referral from the Department of Human Services (Sec. 14F).

Title: Authorizes Adoption Agencies to Deny Services for Religious Reasons

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