The Senate killed a House-passed bill Wednesday that would have allowed grandparents to petition for visitation rights in cases where parental rights had been terminated. HB418s3, which failed on a 13-13 vote, would have applied only to children who were adopted by relatives.
Lawmakers spoke against the bill, arguing that allowing grandparents to petition for visitation rights would discourage parents from adopting.
Sen. Karen Mayne, D-West Valley City, said after parents adopt a child, they still have a journey ahead of them and grandparents may cause further challenges. "We need to nurture these adoptive parents. We want children adopted. This is our culture," she said.