Bill to Open Family Courts Advances

A bill that would create a pilot project to allow open proceedings in family courts was approved unanimously by a House panel Wednesday and is expected to win the full House's approval. House Bill 239 would create at least one pilot project in each of the seven Supreme Court districts to open family court proceedings, including abuse, neglect and dependency hearings. The pilot project would last four years and would allow the courts to determine what information in those court proceedings could be released.