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Raised Bill No. 5041

February Session, 2010

 

LCO No. 298

 

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Referred to Committee on Select Committee on Children

 

Introduced by:

 

(KID)

 

AN ACT CONCERNING CROSS-REPORTING OF CHILD ABUSE AND ANIMAL CRUELTY.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Subsection (b) of section 17a-101 of the 2010 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2010):

(b) The following persons shall be mandated reporters: Any physician or surgeon licensed under the provisions of chapter 370, any resident physician or intern in any hospital in this state, whether or not so licensed, any registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, medical examiner, dentist, dental hygienist, psychologist, coach of intramural or interscholastic athletics, school superintendent, school teacher, school principal, school guidance counselor, school paraprofessional, school coach, social worker, police officer, juvenile or adult probation officer, juvenile or adult parole officer, animal control officer appointed under section 22-328, municipal animal control officer appointed under section 22-331, member of the clergy, pharmacist, physical therapist, optometrist, chiropractor, podiatrist, mental health professional or physician assistant, any person who is a licensed or certified emergency medical services provider, any person who is a licensed or certified alcohol and drug counselor, any person who is a licensed marital and family therapist, any person who is a sexual assault counselor or a battered women's counselor as defined in section 52-146k, any person who is a licensed professional counselor, any person who is a licensed foster parent, any person paid to care for a child in any public or private facility, child day care center, group day care home or family day care home licensed by the state, any employee of the Department of Children and Families, any employee of the Department of Public Health who is responsible for the licensing of child day care centers, group day care homes, family day care homes or youth camps, the Child Advocate and any employee of the Office of the Child Advocate.

Sec. 2. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2010) (a) Any employee of the Department of Children and Families who has reasonable cause to suspect or believe that an animal observed in the course of employment is in harm or neglected or cruelly treated in violation of section 22-366, 22-415, 53-247, 53-248, 53-249, 53-249a, 53-250, 53-251 or 53-252 of the general statutes shall make a written or oral report to the Commissioner of Agriculture in accordance with the provisions of subsection (b) of this section. A report shall not be required if the employee determines that making such report would interfere with the performance of the duties of the employee under chapter 319a of the general statutes.

(b) An oral report shall be made by the employee as soon as practicable but not later than twelve hours after such employee has reasonable cause to suspect or believe that an animal has been harmed, neglected or cruelly treated, by telephone or in person to the Commissioner of Agriculture. Not later than forty-eight hours after making an oral report, the employee shall submit a written report to the Commissioner of Agriculture. All oral and written reports required under this section shall contain, if known: (1) The names and addresses of the animal and his owner or other person responsible for care of the animal; (2) a description of the animal; (3) the nature and extent of the harm, neglect or cruelty to the animal; (4) the approximate date and time of the harm, neglect or cruelty; (5) information concerning any previous harm, neglect or cruelty; (6) the circumstances in which the harm, neglect or cruelty came to be known to the employee; and (7) the name of the person or persons suspected to be responsible for causing such harm, neglect or cruelty.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

July 1, 2010

17a-101(b)

Sec. 2

July 1, 2010

New section

Statement of Purpose:

To require cross-reporting of child abuse and animal cruelty.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]