Indianapolis—A proposal offered by State Senator Frank Mrvan (D-Hammond) and moving through the legislature requires parents, who were granted parenting rights by a court but had recent child molestation or exploitation convictions, be supervised during visits with their child.

The language, originally found in Senate Bill (SB) 501 was amended into SB 323. This bill seeks to put requirements in place for individuals who have been granted parental visitation rights. SB 323 was approved unanimously by the full Senate and now moves to the House of Representatives for further consideration.

“It is always my goal to draft legislation that works to keep children safe and that’s what my SB 501 sought to do. I’m glad that the language in the bill was able to be adopted into another bill and move forward,” Sen. Mrvan said. “If a parent with recent child abuse convictions is granted parenting time rights by a court, that visitation must be done in the safest way possible for the child.”