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House Bill 1602

House Bill 1602

ARCHIVE (2009)

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DIGEST OF HB 1602 (Updated April 1, 2009 2:22 pm - DI 106)

Department of child services ombudsman. Establishes the office of department of child services ombudsman (office) within the department of administration. Provides that the ombudsman is appointed by the governor, serves at the pleasure of the governor, and may employ experts and other employees to carry out the duties of the office. Requires the ombudsman to be an attorney or a person with at least a master's degree in social work. Specifies that the ombudsman may receive, investigate, and attempt to resolve complaints that the department of child services has failed to follow a specific law, rule, or policy, and thereby failed to protect the health or safety of a child. Provides that the ombudsman may review certain records, and prohibits the redisclosure of certain confidential records. Provides that a copy of the office's annual report shall be posted on the department of child services' Internet web site and on any Internet web site maintained by the bureau. Specifies the powers and duties of the office. Provides immunity from civil liability to: (1) persons who release information to the office; and (2) the ombudsman and other employees of the office for the good faith performance of official duties. Makes it a Class A misdemeanor to interfere with an investigation of the office or, under certain conditions, to disclose information about a case before the conclusion of an investigation.
Current Status:
In Committee - 2nd House
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