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*+ HB 21 SUICIDE PREVENTION COUNCIL MEMBERS TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 21(FIN) Out of Committee
*+ SCR 1 LUPUS AWARENESS MONTH TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSSCR 1(STA) Out of Committee
*+ SB 82 FOSTER CARE LICENSING/STATE CUSTODY TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
      SENATE HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                    
                         March 14, 2011                                                                                         
                           1:35 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Bettye Davis, Chair                                                                                                     
Senator Dennis Egan                                                                                                             
Senator Johnny Ellis                                                                                                            
Senator Kevin Meyer                                                                                                             
Senator Fred Dyson                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
All members present                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                              
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 21(STA)                                                                                                   
"An Act relating to the membership of the Statewide Suicide                                                                     
Prevention Council."                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED CSHB 21(FIN) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 1                                                                                              
Designating May 2011 as Lupus Awareness Month.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED CSSCR 1(STA) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SPONSOR SUBSTITUTE FOR SENATE BILL NO. 82                                                                                       
"An  Act  relating  to the  procedures  and  jurisdiction  of  the                                                              
Department  of  Health  and  Social   Services  for  the  care  of                                                              
children   who   are  in   state   custody;  relating   to   court                                                              
jurisdiction  and  findings  pertaining  to children  who  are  in                                                              
state  custody;  and  modifying  the  licensing  requirements  for                                                              
foster care."                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD AND HELD                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB  21                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: SUICIDE PREVENTION COUNCIL MEMBERS                                                                                 
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) FAIRCLOUGH, GARDNER, HERRON                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
01/18/11       (H)       PREFILE RELEASED 1/7/11                                                                                
01/18/11       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
01/18/11       (H)       STA, FIN                                                                                               
01/25/11       (H)       STA AT 8:00 AM CAPITOL 106                                                                             
01/25/11       (H)       Moved CSHB 21(STA) Out of Committee                                                                    
01/25/11       (H)       MINUTE(STA)                                                                                            
01/26/11       (H)       STA RPT CS(STA) 6DP                                                                                    
01/26/11       (H)       DP: JOHANSEN, P.WILSON, KELLER, SEATON,                                                                
                         PETERSEN, LYNN                                                                                         
02/08/11       (H)       FIN AT 1:30 PM HOUSE FINANCE 519                                                                       
02/08/11       (H)       Moved CSHB 21(FIN) Out of Committee                                                                    
02/08/11       (H)       MINUTE(FIN)                                                                                            
02/09/11       (H)       FIN RPT CS(FIN) 10DP                                                                                   
02/09/11       (H)       DP: FAIRCLOUGH, GARA, T.WILSON, JOULE,                                                                 
                         NEUMAN, COSTELLO, EDGMON, DOOGAN,                                                                      
02/09/11       (H)       STOLTZE, THOMAS                                                                                        
02/14/11       (H)       TRANSMITTED TO (S)                                                                                     
02/14/11       (H)       VERSION: CSHB 21(FIN)                                                                                  
02/16/11       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/16/11       (S)       HSS, FIN                                                                                               
03/14/11       (S)       HSS AT 1:30 PM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SCR  1                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: LUPUS AWARENESS MONTH                                                                                              
SPONSOR(s): SENATOR(s) DAVIS                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
01/19/11       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
01/19/11       (S)       STA, HSS                                                                                               
03/01/11       (S)       STA AT 9:00 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
03/01/11       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/01/11       (S)       MINUTE(STA)                                                                                            
03/08/11       (S)       STA AT 9:00 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
03/08/11       (S)       Moved CSSCR 1(STA) Out of Committee                                                                    
03/08/11       (S)       MINUTE(STA)                                                                                            
03/09/11       (S)       STA RPT CS 5DP    NEW TITLE                                                                            
03/09/11       (S)       DP: WIELECHOWSKI, KOOKESH, PASKVAN,                                                                    
                         MEYER, GIESSEL                                                                                         
03/14/11       (S)       HSS AT 1:30 PM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SB  82                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: FOSTER CARE LICENSING/STATE CUSTODY                                                                                
SPONSOR(s): SENATOR(s) DAVIS                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
02/04/11       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/04/11       (S)       HSS, JUD                                                                                               
03/11/11       (S)       SPONSOR SUBSTITUTE INTRODUCED-REFERRALS                                                                
03/11/11       (S)       HSS, JUD                                                                                               
03/14/11       (S)       HSS AT 1:30 PM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE ANNA FAIRCLOUGH                                                                                                  
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, AK                                                                                                                      
POSITION STATEMENT: Sponsor of HB 21.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
KATE BURKHARDT, Executive Director                                                                                              
Statewide Suicide Prevention Council                                                                                            
Juneau, AK                                                                                                                      
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of HB 21.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CELESTE HODGE, Staff to Senator Bettye Davis                                                                                    
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, AK                                                                                                                      
POSITION STATEMENT: Presented SCR 1 on behalf of the sponsor,                                                                 
Senator Davis.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
ANNA TILLMAN, Executive Director                                                                                                
Lupus Foundation Alaska                                                                                                         
Anchorage, AK                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of SCR 1.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
KIRSTY BAUMGARTNER                                                                                                              
Lupus Foundation Alaska                                                                                                         
Anchorage, AK                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of SCR 1.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHARLOTTE BAUMGARTNER                                                                                                           
Lupus Foundation Alaska                                                                                                         
Anchorage, AK                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of SCR 1.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ALICIA SAHIMARI                                                                                                                 
Senior Director of Government Relations                                                                                         
Lupus Foundation of America                                                                                                     
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of SCR 1.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE LES GARA                                                                                                         
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, AK                                                                                                                      
POSITION STATEMENT: Sponsor of HB 33, companion bill to SB 82.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
AMANDA METIVIE, Statewide Coordinator                                                                                           
Facing Foster Care in Alaska                                                                                                    
Anchorage, AK                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of SB 82                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
TRACY SPARTZCAMBELL, Deputy Director                                                                                            
Office of Children's Services                                                                                                   
Department of Health and Social Services                                                                                        
Juneau, AK                                                                                                                      
POSITION STATEMENT: Answered questions regarding SB 82.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
JAN RUTHERDALE                                                                                                                  
Assistant Attorney General                                                                                                      
Child Protection Section                                                                                                        
Department of Law                                                                                                               
Juneau, AK                                                                                                                      
POSITION STATEMENT: Answered questions regarding SB 82.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:31:08 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR BETTYE  DAVIS called the  Senate Health and  Social Services                                                            
Standing Committee  meeting to order  at 1:35 p.m. Present  at the                                                              
call to order were Senators Dyson, Egan, Ellis, and Chair Davis.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
           HB  21-SUICIDE PREVENTION COUNCIL MEMBERS                                                                        
                                                                                                                              
1:31:21 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DAVIS announced the first order of business would be  21.                                                                 
[CSHB 21(FIN) was before the committee.]                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE ANNA  FAIRCLOUGH, sponsor of HB 21,  introduced the                                                              
bill. She said  HB 21 would add  one more member to  the statewide                                                              
suicide prevention  council. That person would be  from a military                                                              
background  to help  veterans, who  are  currently experiencing  a                                                              
higher rate of suicide after returning from war.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
The bill  also changes the age  limit for a youth  to participate.                                                              
The  current  law  allows  a  high  school  junior  or  senior  to                                                              
participate, but  they can only serve  for two years based  on the                                                              
definition  of  a  youth  member.   This  bill  would  expand  the                                                              
definition of a  youth member to include someone  between the ages                                                              
of 16-24,  which would allow college  students to continue  on the                                                              
board.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MEYER asked what the effective date is.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE FAIRCLOUGH  answered she thought it  was a standard                                                              
effective date clause.                                                                                                          
1:34:58 PM                                                                                                                    
KATE BURKHARDT,  Executive Director, Statewide  Suicide Prevention                                                              
Council, said  Theresa Baldwin from  Mt. Edgecombe High  School in                                                              
Sitka was  just appointed to  the youth  seat. Her term  under the                                                              
new  statute would  be four  years.  Without the  bill, she  would                                                              
term out in another year.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR DYSON  said he serves on  the council but  doesn't believe                                                              
that rises to the level of a conflict of interest.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR DYSON  moved to report  CS for  HB 21 from  committee with                                                              
individual recommendations  and accompanying fiscal  notes. Seeing                                                              
no  objection,  CSHB 21(FIN)  moved  from  the Senate  Health  and                                                              
Social Services Standing Committee.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
1:37:55 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease from 1:37 p.m. to 1:39 p.m.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
                  SCR  1-LUPUS AWARENESS MONTH                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:39:09 PM                                                                                                                    
CAIR DAVIS  announced the next order  of business would  be SCR 1.                                                              
[CSSCR 1(STA) was before the committee.]                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CELESTE HODGE,  staff to  Senator Bettye  Davis, sponsor  of SCR1,                                                              
introduced and explained  the resolution. SCR 1  designates May as                                                              
Lupus Awareness  Month, and encourages  Alaskans to  observe Lupus                                                              
Awareness  Month with  appropriate  activities  that provide  both                                                              
education and support for those diagnosed with the disease.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Lupus is  a chronic auto-immune  disease that causes  inflammation                                                              
and tissue  damage.  It can affect  any body  part, including  the                                                              
skin,  lungs,   heart,  kidneys,   and  brain.  Lupus   can  cause                                                              
seizures,   strokes,  heart  attacks,   miscarriages,   and  organ                                                              
failure. It  strikes mostly women  of childbearing age,  and women                                                              
of color develop  lupus at a rate  two to three times  the rate of                                                              
Caucasians. It is  difficult to diagnose because  its symptoms are                                                              
similar to those of other illnesses.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Each  year May  is designated  as  Lupus Awareness  Month to  show                                                              
support for the  estimated 1.5 million Americans  with lupus. More                                                              
than 3,000  cases have  been diagnosed  in Alaska. By  designating                                                              
May as  Lupus Awareness  Month, Alaska will  join other  states in                                                              
helping  to  increase awareness  of  lupus  and show  support  for                                                              
those diagnosed with the disease.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MEYER  said he had  heard the bill  in State  Affairs, and                                                              
asked if the disease typically affects younger people.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MS. HODGE confirmed that it does.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
1:42:30 PM                                                                                                                    
ANNA  TILLMAN,   Executive  Director,   Lupus  Foundation   Alaska                                                              
Chapter, said  most people  are diagnosed between  the ages  of 20                                                              
to 40.  But it  can happen  at any  age. Often  people have  lupus                                                              
when they  are younger and it  never gets diagnosed.  Diagnosis is                                                              
based  on  the  elimination  of other  diseases.  Lupus  has  been                                                              
called the  least known major disease;  90 percent of  victims are                                                              
women and 15 percent are children.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Lupus is  a chronic auto immune  disease that can damage  any part                                                              
of  the  body.  It creates  antibodies  that  attack  and  destroy                                                              
healthy tissue,  and is  also a disease  of flares and  remission.                                                              
Symptoms  can range  from  mild to  life  threatening. With  early                                                              
diagnosis  and good  care, a person  can live  a normal  lifespan.                                                              
Many patients  do lose the ability  to work, and treatments  are a                                                              
heavy burden  financially. A new  drug specifically for  lupus was                                                              
approved  by the  FDA  last Friday;  this is  the  first new  drug                                                              
specifically for lupus that has been approved in 50 years.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:47:18 PM                                                                                                                    
KIRSTY  BAUMGARTNER, Lupus  Foundation  Alaska  Chapter, said  she                                                              
was also  calling on  behalf of  a family  member with  lupus, and                                                              
stressed the importance of awareness.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHARLOTTE BAUMGARTNER,  Lupus Foundation Alaska Chapter,  said she                                                              
was also the sister  of a lupus patient. Many  patients have minor                                                              
symptoms  while others  are totally  debilitated.  Her sister  has                                                              
been  living  with lupus  for  20  plus  years.  She had  to  stop                                                              
working  because  of damage  to  her  lungs, kidneys,  and  brain.                                                              
Current treatments  can cause side  effects almost  as devastating                                                              
as the disease itself.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
ALICIA SAHIMARI,  Senior Director  of Government Relations,  Lupus                                                              
Foundation  of America, said  the foundation  supports SCR1.  They                                                              
are dedicated to finding the cause and cure for lupus.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:53:58 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DAVIS closed public testimony on SCR 1.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR EGAN  moved to  report CSSCR 1  (STA) from committee  with                                                              
individual  recommendations and  accompanying fiscal notes.  There                                                              
being no objection, it was so ordered.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
At ease from 1:54 p.m. to 1:56 p.m.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
           SB  82-FOSTER CARE LICENSING/STATE CUSTODY                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:56:52 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DAVIS announced  the next order of business would  be SB 82.                                                              
[SSSB 82  was before  the committee.]  She asked  for a  motion to                                                              
adopt the proposed committee substitute (CS).                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR EGAN moved  to adopt the proposed CS for  SSSB 82, labeled                                                              
27-LS0500/I, as the working document.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DAVIS objected for discussion purposes.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CELESTE HODGE,  staff to  Senator Bettye  Davis, introduced  SB 82                                                              
for  Senator  Davis,  the  sponsor. This  bill  seeks  to  achieve                                                              
permanency for older  children in foster care by  making small but                                                              
very  significant  changes that  better  prioritize  the needs  of                                                              
foster  children.  Permanency  for  children  in  the  custody  of                                                              
Office  of Children's  Services  (OCS)  is best  achieved  through                                                              
reunification  with the  child's  parent, or  failing that  option                                                              
through adoption  or guardianship. If these three  options are not                                                              
available,  an alternate  form of  permanency  is through  another                                                              
planned permanent  living arrangement (APPLA). This  bill seeks to                                                              
insure the  APPLA option is  not used unnecessarily,  by providing                                                              
guidelines  for OCS  and  the court  as to  when  APPLA should  be                                                              
used.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Although OCS  attempts to keep  siblings together when  they enter                                                              
foster  care,  this  bill creates  a  statutory  presumption  that                                                              
siblings be  placed in the  same home when  possible; when  such a                                                              
placement is  not possible,  the bill  requires an OCS  supervisor                                                              
to  document in  the  file the  efforts made  and  the reason  for                                                              
separation.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SB 82  also requires  extra steps  before releasing  a child  from                                                              
custody. The child  must be given ample notice, and  OCS must show                                                              
that release from custody is in the child's best interest.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
The bill  also allows a  variance to be  granted for  licensing of                                                              
foster  homes.  If  a  potential   foster  home  cannot  meet  the                                                              
building  code requirements  to be  a licensed  foster home,  this                                                              
bill allows  a variance to  be granted  if the home  is consistent                                                              
with the  construction  of other  homes in the  community,  and is                                                              
otherwise a safe environment for the child.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SB  82  requires   that  paperwork  mandated  for   foster  parent                                                              
licensing be streamlined as much as possible.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
2:00:19 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  MEYER asked  for an  explanation of  the changes  between                                                              
the different versions.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DAVIS  responded her  office asked for  a new CS  but didn't                                                              
receive it  until about one  hour ago.  The Department of  Law had                                                              
some  concerns  with the  prior  version,  but has  approved  this                                                              
version.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  LES GARA, sponsor  of HB 33,  a companion  bill in                                                              
the House,  said he  would explain the  changes from  the original                                                              
bill. He  wanted to  make sure  that if  there was an  appropriate                                                              
rural placement  in the  child's home  community, the  child would                                                              
be allowed to stay  there. If it is the most  preferable placement                                                              
and is otherwise  safe, this bill  clarifies that OCS can  a grant                                                              
a variance from  its building code rules for foster  homes, to the                                                              
extent allowed by federal law.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
There is  also a  technical change  to make  sure the guardian  ad                                                              
litem and the  child know that foster  care is about to  end; this                                                              
requires  30 days'  notice before  a court  hearing ending  foster                                                              
care.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:04:52 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MEYER asked about the reading program.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  GARA responded  a provision  in the original  bill                                                              
required OCS to  accept volunteer free books  from the Imagination                                                              
Library. OCS  is making progress on  this issue, so they  took out                                                              
the provision requiring it.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR DYSON said  he appreciates the bill, and asked  if most of                                                              
the changes are things that OCS has been trying to do.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  GARA replied  that was  correct. Sometimes  policy                                                              
doesn't  make it  down  to the  social  workers,  or the  director                                                              
changes  and  policy   changes.  That  is  why   they  want  these                                                              
provisions in statute.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  DYSON  asked  is  the general  policy  reflected  in  OCS                                                              
regulations and manuals.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  GARA responded a  lot of policies  are not  in the                                                              
written guidelines.  For example, under APPLA there  is no attempt                                                              
to find  the child  a permanent  home. The  OCS director  recently                                                              
said the division  has been using APPLA too much.  They are trying                                                              
to get social workers to use it less frequently.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MEYER asked if the bill substitutes "child" for "minor."                                                                
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  GARA answered  last  year  legislation was  passed                                                              
allowing  foster  care to  be  extended to  age  21  from age  20.                                                              
Legislative  Legal Services  said that  bill should  have used  21                                                              
instead  of 20 in  places, and  changed from  "minor" to  "child."                                                              
These are technical changes.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MEYER asked if a person is still a minor at age 21.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  GARA   replied  that  mistake  should   have  been                                                              
caught. At 19 a  person is no longer a minor,  and now that foster                                                              
care can be  extended to age 21,  that person is not  a minor, but                                                              
does fit within the definition of a child.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:10:50 PM                                                                                                                    
AMANDA  METIVIE,  Statewide  Coordinator,  Facing Foster  Care  in                                                              
Alaska,  testified  in support  of  SB  82.  She said  that  APPLA                                                              
allows young  people to age out  of foster care; a youth  could be                                                              
in state  custody at 16  or 17 and living  in a shelter,  not even                                                              
necessarily  in a foster  home. Many  of them  end up  homeless or                                                              
incarcerated, and  many are on public assistance.  Youth aging out                                                              
of  the system  need  more help  than  they have  been  receiving.                                                              
People are being  released from custody at age  18 without notice.                                                              
Also,  the  sibling  provision  would  allow  siblings  to  remain                                                              
together.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
TRACY  SPARTZCAMBELL,   Deputy  Director,  Office   of  Children's                                                              
Services (OCS),  Department of Health and Social  Services (DHSS),                                                              
said  they  have  worked with  Representative  Gara  on  technical                                                              
changes to the bill and have no issues with the CS changes.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
JAN  RUTHERDALE,  Assistant  Attorney  General,  Child  Protection                                                              
Section,  Department of  Law,  said there  are  no legal  problems                                                              
with the bill.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  DAVIS said  the  committee  would bring  the  bill back  on                                                              
Wednesday in order to allow more time for review.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
2:14:23 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  DYSON  said  he  is  assuming   the  bill  addresses  OCS                                                              
intentions and current policy.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS. SPARTZCAMBELL answered yes.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR DYSON asked  if the changes were contained  in regulations                                                              
and manuals.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. SPARTZCAMBELL  said they  are outlined in  the OCS  policy and                                                              
procedure manual.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
2:15:09 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  DYSON said  he always  worries  that a  law might  narrow                                                              
things down too much, but he doesn't see that in this bill.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MS. RUTHERDALE  said as  a practical  matter the notice  provision                                                              
could be  shortened; the court can  weigh evidence if  everyone is                                                              
in  agreement. It  is  difficult to  craft  legislation for  every                                                              
possible variance,  but the  intent is to  give the  child notice.                                                              
The bill  also makes clear that  APPLA deals with  older children.                                                              
One possible change  would be to say APPLA may  be considered only                                                              
for a child age 16 or older.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
2:17:40 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  DYSON  said he  would  recommend  a change  allowing  the                                                              
flexibility to give  less than 60 days' notice, in  the case where                                                              
a child  wants to be  released from custody,  and asked  if foster                                                              
parents are included in the notice.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MS. RUTHERDALE  replied they  are already  required by  statute to                                                              
be  notified. She  also noted  DOL  decided "child"  was a  better                                                              
word than "minor."  A child can be  in the system past  age 18 and                                                              
they are not a  minor, but still a child. To  remain in the system                                                              
after age 19 they must consent.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
2:20:17 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DAVIS held SB 82 in committee.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
2:20:29 PM                                                                                                                    
There  being no  further business  to come  before the  committee,                                                              
Chair Davis adjourned the meeting at 2:20 p.m.                                                                                  

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HB21 CS 27-LS0154D.pdf SHSS 3/14/2011 1:30:00 PM
HB 21
HB21__Sponsor_Statement.pdf SHSS 3/14/2011 1:30:00 PM
HB 21
SCR1 Bill.pdf SHSS 3/14/2011 1:30:00 PM
SCR1 Committee Substitute.pdf SHSS 3/14/2011 1:30:00 PM
SCR1 Sponsor Statement.pdf SHSS 3/14/2011 1:30:00 PM
HB21 Fiscal Note.pdf SHSS 3/14/2011 1:30:00 PM
HB 21
SB82 Fiscal Note.pdf SHSS 3/14/2011 1:30:00 PM
SB 82