02RS HB393


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HB 393 (BR 1551) - J. Vincent, R. Wilkey, R. Palumbo

     AN ACT relating to children's advocacy.
     Amend the definition of "children's advocacy center" in KRS 620.020; amend KRS 620.050 to add civil and criminal immunity for employees or designated agents of children's advocacy center; prohibit disclosure of confidential information unless authorized; permit disclosure of confidential information in multidisciplinary team reviews; permit interagency confirmation of services and disclosure with a signed release; prohibit duplication of a recorded interview; amend KRS 610.127 to make technical correction.


     HCS - Retain original provisions, except clarify that medical examinations will remain as a service to be provided in a children's advocacy center; and make technical corrections.

     HCA (1/Title, T. Burch) - Make title amendment.

     HFA (1, J. Vincent) - Add language to subsection (5) that exempts new records created in subsection (6).

     SCS - With regard to child abuse reports, delete criminal immunity for an employee or designated advocate of a children's advocacy center; place limits on information released to a guardian of a child in abuse cases; permit a parent or guardian to access records for his or her child if that parent or guardian is not currently under investigation; provide for the making of one report of the interview with a child in a child abuse case for use by the defendant's counsel and require counsel to return the report to the court clerk at the close of the case; provide for sealing all recorded interviews with a child at the conclusion of the case; provide that the amendment shall not contravene the Rules of Criminal Procedure.

     Jan 17-introduced in House
     Jan 18-to Health and Welfare (H)
     Jan 22-posted in committee; posting waived
     Jan 24-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute, committee amendment (1-title)
     Jan 25-2nd reading, to Rules
     Jan 28-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Tuesday, January 29, 2002
     Jan 30-floor amendment (1) filed to Committee Substitute
     Jan 31-3rd reading, passed 93-0 with Committee Substitute, committee amendment (1-title), floor amendment (1); received in Senate
     Feb 5-to Judiciary (S)
     Mar 6-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute
     Mar 7-2nd reading, to Rules
     Mar 14-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Tuesday, March 19, 2002
     Mar 19-3rd reading, passed 38-0 with Committee Substitute
     Mar 20-received in House; posted for passage for concurrence in Senate Committee Substitute
     Mar 21-House concurred in Senate Committee Substitute ; passed 94-0
     Mar 25-enrolled, signed by each presiding officer; delivered to Governor
     Mar 28-signed by Governor (Acts ch. 87)

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