A proposed bill that would give the state's Office of Licensing greater ability to sanction adoption agencies that engage in fraudulent practices is still alive, but just barely.
Sen. Luz Robles, D-Salt Lake City, plans to rework SB183 after the proposal received sharp criticism from several colleagues on the Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice standing committee. The committee moved to its next agenda item Tuesday after a nearly hour long debate without taking action on the bill.
Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, pointedly trashed the bill and a presentation by attorney Wes Hutchins, who has represented numerous biological fathers in disputed adoptions. Weiler, an attorney, said SB183 would expose every adoption in Utah to a greater risk of litigation and thus expense, and was unnecessary because the licensing office already has authority to sanction unethical agencies.