Committee on Children

MEETING MINUTES

Thursday, February 11, 2016

12:30 PM in Room 2B of the LOB

The meeting was called to order at 12:44 PM by Chairman, Sen. Bartolomeo D. S13.

The following committee members were present:

Senators:

Bartolomeo D. S13; Bye B. S05; Martin H. S31

   

Representatives:

Bocchino M. 150; Candelaria J. 095; Hampton J. 016; Kokoruda N. 101; Luxenberg K. 012; Rose K. 118; Staneski P. 119; Urban D. 043; Vargas E. 006; Ziobron M. 034

   

Absent were:

 

Senators:

Representatives:

I. REMARKS BY THE CHAIRS

Chairman, Sen. Bartolomeo welcomed everyone to the meeting and read the emergency procedures.

II. CONCEPTS TO BE RAISED

Sen. Bartolomeo called for a motion to raise the following concepts:

1. An Act Concerning the Use of Genetically Modified Organisms in Children's Food

2. An Act Concerning Toxic Flame Retardant Chemicals in Children's Products

4. An Act Concerning the Family Assessment Response Program

The motion was made by Rep. Hampton and seconded by Rep. Kokoruda. The motion was approved by voice vote. Sen. Bartolomeo tabled item three to be discussed at a future meeting.

III. PRESENATION BY THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

DCF Commissioner Joette Katz and staff continued their presentation from the meeting on 2/4/16. Documents are available online through the Committee on Children page of the Connecticut General Assembly website. DCF agreed to supply additional requested information including but not limited to a list of policy changes that have been enacted affecting the Careline since the death of Baby London, information regarding suicide prevention policies and additional details including stakeholders regarding DCF's plan for the closure of CJTS.

IV: ANNOUNCEMENT OF TIME AND DATE OF NEXT MEETING

Rep. Urban announced that the next committee meeting would be a public hearing to be held on Tuesday, February 16th at 10:00 AM in Room 2A of the Legislative Office Building.

A motion was duly made and seconded to adjourn the meeting. The meeting was adjourned at 2:22 PM.

Justin Olson

Alessandra Burgett

Assistant Clerk

Committee Clerk