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Child protective cases to stay closed

A Senate proposal to open the hearings is deferred after it meets stiff opposition

By Susan Essoyan

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Feb 05, 2014

~~<p>Court hearings involving children who have allegedly been neglected or abused will remain closed to the public after a flood of testimony helped defeat a bill that would have lifted the veil of confidentiality.</p>
<p>Senate Human Services Chairwoman Suzanne Chun Oakland (D, Downtown-Nuu&shy;anu-Li&shy;liha) said she had introduced Senate Bill 2002 just to give the issue a public airing, but she recommended Tuesday that it be deferred indefinitely and her committee agreed.</p>
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Court hearings involving children who have allegedly been neglected or abused will remain closed to the public after a flood of testimony helped defeat a bill that would have lifted the veil of confidentiality.

Senate Human Services Chairwoman Suzanne Chun Oakland (D, Downtown-Nuu­anu-Li­liha) said she had introduced Senate Bill 2002 just to give the issue a public airing, but she recommended Tuesday that it be deferred indefinitely and her committee agreed. Login for more...



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