00RS HB237


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HB 237/FN (BR 1219) - J. Richards, R. Adkins, J. Crenshaw, E. Jordan, S. Nunn, R. Palumbo, K. Stein, J. Vincent, J. Wayne, S. Westrom

     AN ACT relating to children's advocacy centers.
     Amend KRS 431.600 to include children's advocacy center staff among multidisciplinary team members and require when in best interest of child that interviews with child be conducted at children's advocacy center; amend KRS 431.650 to increase membership of Kentucky Multidisciplinary Commission on Child Sexual Abuse to include executive director of Governor's Office of Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Services, one member of a children's advocacy center, and one physician; amend KRS 431.660 to require commission to issue protocol on the role of children's advocacy centers on multidisciplinary teams; amend KRS 620.020 to define "children's advocacy center"; create new section of KRS Chapter 620 to authorize secretaries of Cabinets for Families and Children, Health Services, and Justice to make state grants and other fund allocations to assist nonprofit corporations in the establishment and operation of regional children's advocacy centers; establish criteria for receipt of funds; require Cabinet for Families and Children to promulgate administrative regulations; amend KRS 620.040 to require interviews with child alleged to have been abused to be conducted at children's advocacy center; and amend KRS 620.050 to permit staff from a children's advocacy center to receive report or other information relating to investigation of suspected child abuse.


     HCS/FN - Retain original provisions; clarify that cabinet may participate in an investigation of noncustodial physical abuse at the request of law enforcement, and that cabinet shall participate in all investigations of reported or suspected sexual abuse of a child.

     (Prefiled by the sponsor(s))

     Jan 4-introduced in House; to Health and Welfare (H)
     Jan 5-posted in committee
     Jan 18-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute
     Jan 19-2nd reading, to Rules; recommitted to Appropriations and Revenue (H)
     Feb 2-posted in committee
     Feb 3-posting waived
     Feb 4-reported favorably, to Rules with original Committee Substitute
     Feb 7-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Tuesday, February 8, 2000
     Feb 8-3rd reading, passed 94-0 with Committee Substitute
     Feb 9-received in Senate
     Feb 14-to Judiciary (S)
     Mar 8-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar
     Mar 9-2nd reading, to Rules
     Mar 13-posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for Thursday, March 16, 2000
     Mar 16-3rd reading, passed 36-0; received in House
     Mar 17-enrolled, signed by each presiding officer, delivered to Governor
     Mar 22-signed by Governor (Acts ch. 144)

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