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SB 141 (BR 832) - J. Denton

     AN ACT relating to children in the custody of the state.
     Amend KRS 199.502 to require separate counsel for an indigent parent who does not exercise custodial control of the child in a proceeding for adoption without parental consent and specify the fee shall not exceed $500 to be paid by the petitioner; amend KRS 620.080 to require a temporary hearing to be held within 5 days of required date if original dates waived by the parent; specify that the court provide the parent with information and materials about court proceedings and expectations prior to beginning a temporary removal hearing; require appointment of counsel for child and counsel for indigent parent prior to a temporary removal hearing and permit appointment of other counsel or advocate and specify fees; require court to advise parent and child of rights if additional proceedings are necessary; amend KRS 620.100 to require consideration of prior appointments of counsel for adjudication hearings and make technical changes; amend KRS 625.041 to specify that both parents, if known, are parties to an involuntary termination of parental rights proceeding; amend KRS 625.080 to permit the court to order additional requirements for parent-child visitation during pendency of termination proceedings; amend KRS 625.110 to specify parents' right to appeal termination order and appointment of counsel for indigent parent and specify fees; create a new section of KRS Chapter 45 to authorize payment to an attorney appointed under KRS Chapter 620 or 625 with documentation of specialized training; permit the Finance and Administration Cabinet to promulgate administrative regulation to implement these requirements.


     SCS - Retain original provisions, except add a new section of KRS Chapter 620 to require the Court of Justice to establish administrative procedures relating to juvenile court cases; delete language requiring judges to explain procedures to parents; make technical amendments.

     SFA (1, E. Scorsone) - Retain original provisions; require counsel fees to be set by the court, rather than specifying the fee not to exceed $500 or $250 if the action has final disposition in district court.

     Feb 8-introduced in Senate
     Feb 12-to Health & Welfare (S)
     Feb 14-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute
     Feb 15-2nd reading, to Rules
     Feb 16-floor amendment (1) filed to Committee Substitute ; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Tuesday, February 20
     Feb 20-taken from the Regular Orders of the Day; recommitted to Judiciary (S)

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