OPA: Legislative Update

Legislative Update



Tuesday, February 14, 2017

 

Hi,

 

The legislative bulletin lists all scheduled committee hearings and meetings and can be accessed at www.cga.ct.gov

 

The Public Safety and Security Committee is holding a public hearing this Thursday on a bill that would require police training to "include training for the handling of cases involving the elopement or wandering of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder." Even if you cannot attend the hearing in person, you can email testimony to the committee. The bill is H.B. No. 6260 AN ACT CONCERNING TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR STATE AND LOCAL POLICE REGARDING THE ELOPEMENT OR WANDERING OF CHILDREN DIAGNOSED WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER. The details are below.

 

In addition, OPA-related legislation has been put forward by Governor Malloy. No public hearing has been set. Governor’s Bill 797 AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE GOVERNOR'S BUDGET RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAMS. This legislation addresses the privatization of the “protection and advocacy” part of the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities. It addresses all state statutes that include or refer to OPA. It makes the successor agency for the activities of the Abuse Investigation Division the Department of Developmental Services.  The bill is 70 pages long and has 54 sections. Sections 1 through 4 are not about OPA. Sections 5 through 54 address the following issues: Abuse Investigation Division transfer to DDS; combining ASD and ID reporting; references to OPA removed; OPA Replaced by Successor; Building Code / Accessibility Issues; and, Technical Changes. No public hearing date has been set yet.

 

Please feel free to contact me. My email address is Beth.Leslie@ct.gov

 

Beth Leslie

 

 

Public Safety and Security Committee

 

The Public Safety and Security Committee will hold a public hearing on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. in Room 1E of the LOB.  Sign-up for the hearing will begin at 8:30 A.M. in Room 1E of the LOB.  Please submit 35 copies of written testimony to Committee staff from 8:30 A.M. to 9:30 A.M. in Room 1E of the LOB.  Testimony received after the designated time may not be distributed until after the hearing.  Please email written testimony in Word or PDF format to PStestimony@cga.ct.gov.  Testimony should clearly state testifier name and related Bills.  The Committee requests that testimony be limited to matters related to the items on the Agenda.  The first hour of the hearing is reserved for Legislators, State Agency Heads and Chief Elected Municipal Officials.  Speakers will be limited to three minutes of testimony.  The Committee encourages witnesses to submit a written statement and to condense oral testimony to a summary of that statement.  Unofficial sign-up sheets have no standing with the Committee.  All public hearing testimony, written and spoken, is public information.  As such, it will be made available on the CGA website and indexed by internet search engines.

 

SUBJECT MATTER:   Various Public Safety Related Bills

 

Among the bills being heard:

 

H.B. No. 6260 (COMM) AN ACT CONCERNING TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR STATE AND LOCAL POLICE REGARDING THE ELOPEMENT OR WANDERING OF CHILDREN DIAGNOSED WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER.  This bill would require the training program for state and local police to include training for the handling of cases involving the elopement or wandering of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

 

 

 

 



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