HOUSE BILL 18
54th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - second session, 2020
RELATING TO CHILD ABUSE; LIMITING THE LIABILITY OF ANY PERSON REPORTING CHILD ABUSE.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO:
SECTION 1. Section 30-6-4 NMSA 1978 (being Laws 1989, Chapter 287, Section 1, as amended) is amended to read:
"30-6-4. OBSTRUCTION OF REPORTING OR INVESTIGATION OF CHILD ABUSE OR NEGLECT--IMMUNITY OF REPORTING PERSON.--
A. Obstruction of reporting or investigation of child abuse or neglect consists of:
[A.] (1) knowingly inhibiting, preventing, obstructing or intimidating another from reporting, pursuant to Section 32A-4-3 NMSA 1978, child abuse or neglect, including child sexual abuse; or
[B.] (2) knowingly obstructing, delaying, interfering with or denying access to a law enforcement officer or child protective services social worker in the investigation of a report of child abuse or sexual abuse.
B. Whoever commits obstruction of reporting or investigation of child abuse or neglect is guilty of a misdemeanor.
C. A person who reports an instance of alleged child abuse or neglect as defined in Section 30-6-1 NMSA 1978 or participates in a judicial proceeding brought as a result of the report is presumed to be acting in good faith and shall be immune from civil or criminal liability, unless the person acted in bad faith or with malicious purpose."
SECTION 2. EFFECTIVE DATE.--The effective date of the provisions of this act is July 1, 2020.
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