A year after a massive child welfare raid at a West Texas ranch run by a polygamist sect, some legislators want to rewrite the laws that guided the state’s actions during an investigation into whether young girls there were being forced to marry older men.
Disturbed by news images of hundreds of children being separated from their mothers, some lawmakers are seeking to clarify when the state should remove suspected perpetrators of child abuse and neglect from their homes — rather than remove the children. And to address the issue of minors being forced into plural marriages, they’re considering extending the statute of limitations for bigamy.
Looking back, lawmakers say the state simply had no blueprint for how to handle what Texas officials have said was the largest removal of children in U.S. history.
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