SB-1112, As Passed Senate, December 14, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOUSE SUBSTITUTE FOR

 

SENATE BILL NO. 1112

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     A bill to amend 1975 PA 238, entitled

 

"Child protection law,"

 

(MCL 722.621 to 722.638) by adding section 12b.

 

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:

 

     Sec. 12b. (1) The task force on the prevention of sexual abuse

 

of children is created within the department.

 

     (2) The governor shall appoint members to the task force in

 

consultation with the department. The appointment of members must

 

reflect the geographic diversity of this state. Members of the task

 

force must include the following:

 

     (a) Individuals who have experience and expertise in the

 

fields of intervention and prevention of child abuse and neglect,

 

education, or child welfare.

 

     (b) A representative from the Michigan coalition to end

 

domestic and sexual violence.

 

     (c) A representative from the Michigan domestic and sexual


 

violence prevention and treatment board.

 

     (d) A representative from the Michigan chapter of the national

 

children's alliance.

 

     (e) An administrator or staff member of a child assessment

 

center.

 

     (f) A licensed therapist trained to counsel or treat child

 

sexual abuse victims.

 

     (g) A circuit court judge or his or her designee.

 

     (h) A school district board member, intermediate school

 

district board member, or public school academy board member.

 

     (3) The department director or his or her designee shall serve

 

as the task force's presiding officer. The task force shall meet at

 

the call of the presiding officer. The task force shall make

 

recommendations for reducing child sexual abuse in this state. The

 

task force shall also make recommendations for school policies that

 

address the sexual abuse of children. In making those

 

recommendations, the task force shall do all of the following:

 

     (a) Gather information concerning child sexual abuse

 

throughout this state.

 

     (b) Receive reports and testimony from individuals, state and

 

local agencies, community-based organizations, and other public and

 

private organizations.

 

     (c) Review steps taken and programs established in other

 

states to reduce child sexual abuse.

 

     (d) Create goals for state policy that are aimed at preventing

 

child sexual abuse.

 

     (e) Create recommendations and guidelines for school policies


 

addressing sexual abuse of children according to section 1505 of

 

the revised school code, 1976 PA 451, MCL 380.1505. These

 

recommendations and guidelines shall be flexible enough to allow

 

accommodation for local autonomy and values.

 

     (f) Create recommendations and guidelines for age-appropriate,

 

evidence-based child sexual abuse awareness.

 

     (g) Create recommendations and guidelines for school personnel

 

to respond appropriately to pupils affected by sexual abuse.

 

     (h) Create recommendations and guidelines for providing

 

educational material to parents and guardians on the warning signs

 

of child sexual abuse and information on assistance and referrals

 

or resources.

 

     (i) Develop a child sexual abuse protocol to be utilized by

 

all community partners in order to help to identify, prevent, and

 

investigate child sexual abuse.

 

     (j) Submit a final report with the task force's

 

recommendations to the governor and the legislature not later than

 

365 days after the members of the task force are appointed.

 

     (4) The recommendations described under subsection (3) may

 

include proposals for specific statutory changes and methods to

 

foster cooperation among state agencies and between the state and

 

local government.

 

     (5) The task force shall consult with the employees of the

 

department who work on child protection matters, the department of

 

state police, the state board of education, and any other state

 

agency or department necessary to accomplish the task force's

 

responsibilities under this section.


 

     (6) The members of the task force shall serve without

 

compensation and shall not be reimbursed for their expenses.

 

     (7) The task force shall be abolished upon submission of the

 

final report required in subsection (3) to the governor and the

 

legislature.

 

     (8) Upon written request from a child or the child's parent or

 

legal guardian, that child shall be excused, without penalty, from

 

participating in the task force's information-gathering efforts.

 

     (9) As used in this section, "task force" means the task force

 

on the prevention of sexual abuse of children created in subsection

 

(1).

 

     Enacting section 1. This amendatory act does not take effect

 

unless Senate Bill No. 1113 of the 96th Legislature is enacted into

 

law.