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DCS, criminal law study committees meet this week

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The Department of Child Services Interim Study Committee will meet for the first time Wednesday afternoon to discuss various matters including funding and child in need of services cases.

DCS Director James Payne and chief of staff John Ryan will discuss the progress and improvements made by DCS since its creation in 2005. The agenda indicates personnel issues and a review and study of the DCS child abuse and neglect hotline will be discussed.

The committee will meet four more times in September and October. The committee will hear public testimony at its Sept. 5 meeting on DCS’ child abuse and neglect hotline.

The Indiana Child Custody and Support Advisory Committee is also scheduled to meet Wednesday. An agenda for the meeting had not been posted by Indiana Lawyer deadline.

On Thursday morning, the Criminal Law and Sentencing Policy Study Committee will discuss portions of Indiana Code 24-4-18 dealing with criminal history providers and whether that statute should be amended before it takes effect July 1, 2015. Committee members will also look at the sex and violent offender registry and the potential loss of federal funds due to noncompliance with the Sex Offender Registry and Notification Act.

The child support and criminal law committees’ meetings will be streamed online; the DCS committee agenda didn’t include information about watching the meeting over the Internet.

A full list of upcoming committee meetings can be found on the General Assembly’s website.
 

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