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Introduced Version Senate Concurrent Resolution 11 History

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SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 11

(By Senators Prezioso, Edgell, Foster, Kessler, Minard, Stollings, Jenkins and Unger)


Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance reconstitute Select Committee A on Children, Juveniles and Other Matters during the interim period of the Seventy-Ninth Legislature.

Whereas, Select Committee A was appointed following the conclusion of the 2005 regular session of the Seventy-Seventh Legislature of West Virginia in response to a growing need for immediate oversight of child welfare matters; and

Whereas, In its two-year history Select Committee A has begun the process of a comprehensive review of the child welfare service delivery within the Bureau for Children and Families; and

Whereas, During the course of its work, Select Committee A has been assigned to study the topics related to recruitment and retention of Child Protective Service workers, a study of child advocacy center criteria and other important issues related to the protection of children and juveniles; and

Whereas, The efforts of Select Committee A have improved the delivery of services of child welfare services; and

Whereas, Select Committee A had a strong interest in continuing to address, among other matters, strengthening
investigation options in child abuse and neglect matters, increasing penalties for individuals convicted of child abuse and neglect and addressing the problem of drug and alcohol abuse by parents relative to child abuse and neglect; and
Whereas, The provisions of legislation passed during a special session of the Legislature called by Governor Joe Manchin in 2006 included the implementation of a Child Abuse Registry and the development of a Special Victim's Unit within the State Police; and

Whereas, The work of Select Committee A should be continued to provide continued protection to children and families during the next interim period; therefore, be it

Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to reconstitute Select Committee A on Children, Juveniles and Other Matters during the interim period of the Seventy-Ninth Legislature; and, be it

Further Resolved, That throughout the next interim period, Select Committee A may seek collaboration with the Legislative Oversight Committee on Regional Jails and Correctional Facility Authority and request a joint meeting to address issues the two committees may have in common; and, be it

Further Resolved, That the committee may request periodic reports from appropriate state agencies, including, but not limited to, the Division of Juvenile Services and the Bureau for Children
and Families within the Department of Health and Human Resources; and, be it
Further Resolved, That Select Committee A report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2010, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it

Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from the legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.
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