OLR Bill Analysis

sSB 1044

AN ACT REQUIRING THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES TO BE NOTIFIED WHEN A YOUTH IS ARRESTED FOR PROSTITUTION.

SUMMARY:

This bill requires a police officer who arrests a 16- or 17-year-old on prostitution charges to report suspected child abuse or neglect to the Department of Children and Families (DCF).

The police officer must report to DCF in accordance with the child abuse reporting law, which outlines report contents and imposes filing deadlines. By law, a police officer is a mandated reporter who must report to DCF suspected child abuse or neglect and is subject to penalties for failure to do so.

Under the bill's requirement for a report on a prostitution arrest, an officer must make an oral report as soon as practicable, but within 12 hours (presumably of the arrest), and a written report within 48 hours after making the oral report.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2011

BACKGROUND

Legislative History

On May 5, the Senate referred the bill (File 640) to the Human Services Committee, which reported a substitute bill that adds, by reference, a process for making the report of abuse or neglect that includes specific deadlines. It also broadens the standard for reporting abuse and neglect from an allegation to the officer's suspicion in order to more closely conform to the requirements of the mandated reporter law, which already covers police officers.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Select Committee on Children

Joint Favorable Substitute Change of Reference

Yea

12

Nay

0

(03/03/2011)

Judiciary Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

44

Nay

0

(04/12/2011)

Human Services Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

17

Nay

0

(05/10/2011)