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Sponsors: Reps. Leach, Funderburk, McLeod, Shoopman, Hamilton, G.R. Smith, Cato and Bedingfield
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Companion/Similar bill(s): 482
Introduced in the House on January 9, 2007
Currently residing in the House Committee on Judiciary
Summary: Adoption Procedures Study Committee
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 12/13/2006 House Prefiled 12/13/2006 House Referred to Committee on Judiciary 1/9/2007 House Introduced and read first time HJ-49 1/9/2007 House Referred to Committee on Judiciary HJ-49 3/20/2007 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Funderburk 3/21/2007 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: McLeod 6/5/2007 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Shoopman, Hamilton, G.R.Smith, Cato, Bedingfield
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 20-7-1830 SO AS TO ESTABLISH THE ADOPTIONS PROCEDURE STUDY COMMITTEE, TO PROVIDE FOR ITS MEMBERSHIP AND ITS SCOPE OF STUDY, AND TO REQUIRE THE COMMITTEE ANNUALLY TO REPORT ITS FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Subarticle 7, Article 11, Chapter 7, Title 20 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 20-7-1830. (A) There is created the South Carolina Adoptions Procedure Study Committee to be composed of:
(1) two members of the Senate, appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate;
(2) two members of the House of Representatives, appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives;
(3) a county director of the Department of Social Services, appointed by the director of the Department of Social Services;
(4) an adoptive parent, appointed by the Governor;
(5) an adoption administrator of the Department of Social Services, appointed by the director of the Department of Social Services;
(6) an attorney in private practice, who practices in the area of adoption law, appointed by the Governor;
(7) a family court judge, appointed by the Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court;
(8) an attorney with the Department of Social Services, appointed by the director of the Department of Social Services;
(9) the director of the Foster Care Review Board;
(10) an attorney with the Foster Care Review Board;
(11) a member of a local foster care review board, appointed by the Governor;
(12) the director of the South Carolina Guardian ad Litem Program;
(13) the director of the Richland County Guardian ad Litem Program; and
(14) a representative of a private adoption agency, appointed by the Governor.
Members shall serve terms of four years and until their successors are appointed and qualify, except those appointed pursuant to items (4), (6), and (14), shall serve ex officio. The members shall elect a chairman from among the members of the committee for a term of two years.
(B) The members of the committee shall serve without compensation and may not receive per diem, mileage, or subsistence when serving on the committee.
(C) The committee shall study and keep abreast of issues and problems in the South Carolina adoption process and procedures in an effort to make this an efficient and expeditious process for South Carolina's waiting children and families to ensure permanent homes can be located in a timely manner. Issues that the committee shall study include, but are not limited to, termination of parental rights.
(D) The committee shall submit annually before January first a report containing its findings and recommendations, if any, to the Governor, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
(E) The professional and clerical services for the committee must be provided by the staffs of the General Assembly, as provided and assigned by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and by the Speaker of the House or Representatives."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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