Connecticut Seal

General Assembly



January Session, 2017

LCO No. 6610



Offered by:


SEN. SUZIO, 13th Dist.


To: Subst. Senate Bill No. 396

File No. 80

Cal. No. 82


In line 39, bracket "or designate a person to serve"

In line 40, after "section" insert ", except that if the Child Advocate cannot attend a meeting of such panel, the Child Advocate may designate a representative of the Office of the Child Advocate to attend such meeting on the Child Advocate's behalf"

In line 66, bracket "three" and after the closing bracket insert "five"

In line 69, bracket "chairperson" and after the closing bracket insert "chairpersons", and before "elected" strike the opening bracket and insert "(1) one person" in lieu thereof

In line 70, after "members" strike the closing bracket and insert ", who shall not be a state officer or employee, and (2)"

In line 82, after "thereafter," insert "the Child Advocate, in consultation with" and after "panel" insert ","

After the last section, add the following and renumber sections and internal references accordingly:

"Sec. 501. Subsections (a) and (b) of section 46a-13m of the general statutes are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes concerning the confidentiality of records and information, the Child Advocate shall have access to, including the right to inspect and copy, any records necessary to carry out the responsibilities of the Child Advocate as provided in [subsection (a) of] section 46a-13l, as amended by this act. If the Child Advocate is denied access to any records necessary to carry out said responsibilities, [he] the Child Advocate may issue a subpoena for the production of such records as provided in subsection (c) of this section.

(b) In the performance of [his] the Child Advocate's responsibilities under [subsection (a) of] section 46a-13l, as amended by this act, the Child Advocate may communicate privately with any child or person who has received, is receiving or should have received services from the state. Such communications shall be confidential and not be subject to disclosure except as provided in subsection (a) of section 46a-13n. "

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

Sec. 501

July 1, 2017

46a-13m(a) and (b)