- Associated Press - Thursday, July 14, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island’s governor has vetoed a bill that would have allowed grandparents who have custody of a child to petition to terminate the rights of a parent without that person’s consent.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo vetoed the legislation Thursday.

The bill, introduced by Providence Democratic Rep. Anastasia Williams, was designed to make it easier for grandparents to adopt. But Raimondo says the last-minute amendment allowing for the petitions would have undermined the rights of natural parents.

Under current law, only the state can petition to terminate parental rights.

Raimondo says the Rhode Island Family Court and the Rhode Island Coalition for Children and Families were among several groups expressing concerns about the bill and asking for a veto.

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