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First Substitute H.B. 208
7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill modifies the Utah Administrative Services Code by amending Child Welfare
10 Defense Program provisions and creating a restricted special revenue fund.
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 . defines terms;
14 . changes the Office of Child Welfare Parental Defense in the Department of
15 Administrative Services to a program administered by the department;
16 . allows the Department of Administrative Services to contract all or part of the
17 program to a qualified contractor;
18 . creates the State Archives Fund, as a restricted special revenue fund;
19 . specifies what is deposited into the fund and uses of the fund;
20 . provides that the fund shall earn interest; and
21 . provides that state archives shall report on the use of the fund as part of the annual
22 budget process.
23 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
25 Other Special Clauses:
27 Utah Code Sections Affected:
29 63A-1-109, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2006, Chapter 139
30 63A-11-101, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2004, Chapter 356
31 63A-11-102, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 3
32 63A-11-103, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2004, Chapter 356
33 63A-11-104, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 341
34 63A-11-105, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2006, Chapter 76
35 63A-11-106, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2004, Chapter 356
36 63A-11-201, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 3
37 63A-11-202, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 32
38 63A-11-203, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2006, Chapter 76
39 63A-11-204, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 382
40 63A-12-100.5, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 258
41 78A-6-1111, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 368
43 63A-12-109, Utah Code Annotated 1953
45 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
46 Section 1. Section 63A-1-109 is amended to read:
47 63A-1-109. Divisions of department -- Administration.
48 (1) The department shall be composed of the following divisions:
49 (a) administrative rules;
50 (b) archives and records;
51 (c) facilities construction and management;
52 (d) finance;
53 (e) fleet operations;
54 (f) office of state debt collection;
55 (g) state purchasing and general services; and
56 (h) risk management[
58 (2) Each division shall be administered and managed by a division director.
59 Section 2. Section 63A-11-101 is amended to read:
62 63A-11-101. Title.
63 This chapter is known as the [
64 Section 3. Section 63A-11-102 is amended to read:
65 63A-11-102. Definitions.
66 For purposes of this chapter:
67 (1) "Child welfare case" means a proceeding under Title 78A, Chapter 6, Part 3,
68 Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency Proceedings or Part 5, Termination of Parental Rights Act.
69 (2) "Contracted parental defense attorney" means a parental defense attorney who is
70 under contract with the [
73 63A-11-203 .
78 (a) are authorized to practice law in Utah; and
79 (b) provide legal representation under contract with the [
80 in the state, to a parent who is a party in a child welfare case.
81 (5) "Program" means the Child Welfare Parental Defense Program created in Section
82 63A-11-103 .
83 Section 4. Section 63A-11-103 is amended to read:
84 63A-11-103. Creation of program.
85 There is created within the [
87 Section 5. Section 63A-11-104 is amended to read:
88 63A-11-104. Program -- Duties -- Contracting.
102 (a) except as provided under Subsection (2), administer and enforce this chapter;
103 (b) manage the operation and budget of the [
104 (c) if the department operates the [
105 accordance with Section 63A-1-109.5 , submit to the Rate Committee established in Section
106 63A-1-114 :
107 (i) the proposed rate and fee schedule as required by Section 63A-1-114 ; and
108 (ii) other information or analysis requested by the Rate Committee.
110 (2) The department may contract with:
111 (a) a qualified person to perform the program duties assigned by this chapter; and
112 (b) an attorney authorized to practice law in the state, as an independent contractor, to
113 serve as a parental defense attorney as provided under Section 63A-11-105 .
114 Section 6. Section 63A-11-105 is amended to read:
115 63A-11-105. Program -- Duties, functions, and responsibilities.
117 The department shall:
120 defense attorneys; and
122 comply with their professional, contractual, and ethical duties.
127 Section 7. Section 63A-11-106 is amended to read:
128 63A-11-106. Annual report -- Budget.
129 (1) On or before the 1st day of October each year, the executive director shall report to
130 the governor and the Child Welfare Legislative Oversight Panel of the Legislature regarding
131 the preceding fiscal year on the operations, activities, and goals of the [
132 (2) The executive director shall prepare [
134 (a) the administrative expenses for the [
135 (b) the amount estimated to fund needed [
136 contracts and other costs.
137 Section 8. Section 63A-11-201 is amended to read:
139 63A-11-201. Child welfare parental defense contracts -- Qualifications.
140 (1) The [
141 attorneys to provide services for an indigent parent or parents who are the subject of a petition
142 alleging abuse, neglect, or dependency, and will require a parental defense attorney [
144 (2) Payment for the representation, costs, and expenses of a contracted parental defense
145 attorney shall be made from the Child Welfare Parental Defense Fund as provided in Section
146 63A-11-203 .
147 (3) The parental defense attorney shall maintain the minimum qualifications as
148 provided by this chapter.
149 Section 9. Section 63A-11-202 is amended to read:
150 63A-11-202. Contracted parental defense attorney.
151 (1) [
153 (a) adequately prepare for and attend all court hearings, including initial and continued
154 shelter hearings and mediations;
155 (b) fully advise the client of the nature of the proceedings and of the client's rights,
156 communicate to the client any offers of settlement or compromise, and advise the client
157 regarding the reasonably foreseeable consequences of any course of action in the proceedings;
158 (c) be reasonably available to consult with the client outside of court proceedings;
159 (d) where attendance of a parental defense attorney is reasonably needed, attend
160 meetings regarding the client's case with representatives of one or more of the Division of
161 Child and Family Services, the Office of the Attorney General, and the Office of Guardian Ad
163 (e) represent the interest of the client at all stages of the proceedings before the trial
164 court; and
165 (f) participate in the training courses and otherwise maintain the standards described in
166 Subsection (3).
167 (2) If the [
168 63A-11-105 , the contract shall require that each attorney in the firm who will provide
169 representation of parents in child welfare cases under the contract perform the duties described
170 in Subsection (1).
171 (3) (a) Except as otherwise provided in Subsection (3)(b), a contracted parental defense
172 attorney shall meet the standards developed by the [
173 (i) completion of a basic training course provided by the [
174 (ii) experience in child welfare cases; and
175 (iii) participation each calendar year in continuing legal education courses providing no
176 fewer than eight hours of instruction in child welfare law.
177 (b) In accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the
179 attorney who has equivalent training or adequate experience.
180 (4) Payment for the representation, costs, and expenses of the contracted parental
181 defense attorney shall be made from the Child Welfare Parental Defense Fund as provided in
182 Section 63A-11-203 .
183 Section 10. Section 63A-11-203 is amended to read:
184 63A-11-203. Child Welfare Parental Defense Fund -- Creation.
185 (1) There is created a nonlapsing, restricted special revenue fund known as the "Child
186 Welfare Parental Defense Fund."
187 (2) Subject to availability, the [
188 fund as required in this chapter for the following purposes:
189 (a) to pay for the representation, costs, expert witness fees, and expenses of contracted
190 parental defense attorneys who are under contract with the [
191 parental defense in child welfare cases for the indigent parent or parents that are the subject of
192 a petition alleging abuse, neglect, or dependency;
193 (b) for administrative costs [
194 (c) for reasonable expenses directly related to the functioning of the [
195 including training and travel expenses.
196 (3) The fund consists of:
197 (a) appropriations made to the fund by the Legislature;
198 (b) interest and earnings from the investment of fund money;
199 (c) proceeds deposited by participating counties [
200 63A-11-204 ; and
201 (d) private contributions to the Child Welfare Parental Defense Fund.
202 (4) The state treasurer shall invest the money in the fund by following the procedures
203 and requirements of Title 51, Chapter 7, State Money Management Act.
204 (5) (a) If the [
206 (i) the [
207 (ii) the Legislature may fund the anticipated deficit through appropriation but is not
208 required to fund the deficit.
209 (b) If the anticipated deficit is not funded by the Legislature, the [
210 may request an interim assessment to participating counties to fund the anticipated deficit.
211 Section 11. Section 63A-11-204 is amended to read:
212 63A-11-204. Agreements for coverage by the Child Welfare Parental Defense
213 Fund -- Eligibility -- County and state obligations -- Termination -- Revocation.
214 (1) A county legislative body and the [
215 written agreement for the [
216 the county out of the Child Welfare Parental Defense Fund.
217 (2) An agreement described in Subsection (1) shall provide that the county shall pay
218 into the fund an amount defined by a formula established in rule by the [
219 (3) (a) After the first year of operation of the fund, any county that elects to initiate
220 participation in the fund, or reestablish participation in the fund after participation was
221 terminated, shall be required to make an equity payment, in addition to the assessment
222 provided in Subsection (2).
223 (b) The amount of the equity payment described in Subsection (3)(a) shall be
224 determined by the [
225 department under Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act.
226 (4) The agreement shall provide for revocation of the agreement for failure to pay
227 assessments on the due date established by rule.
228 (5) Any county that elects to withdraw from participation in the fund, or whose
229 participation in the fund is revoked due to failure to pay its assessments when due, shall forfeit
230 any right to any previously paid assessments by the county or coverage from the fund.
231 Section 12. Section 63A-12-100.5 is amended to read:
232 63A-12-100.5. Definitions.
234 63G-2-103 apply to this chapter.
235 (2) As used in this chapter, "division" or "state archives" means the Division of
236 Archives and Records Service.
237 Section 13. Section 63A-12-109 is enacted to read:
238 63A-12-109. State Archives Fund created -- Donations -- Use of money --
240 (1) There is created a restricted special revenue fund known as the "State Archives
242 (2) The fund consists of money or other assets deposited in the fund from:
243 (a) a donation;
244 (b) a deposit;
245 (c) a contribution;
246 (d) a gift;
247 (e) an endowment;
248 (f) a devise; and
249 (g) a bequest of real property, personal property, or service.
250 (3) The division shall use the fund money for:
251 (a) the purpose specified by the grantor, if any; or
252 (b) if no purpose is specified by the grantor, the preservation of and access to the
253 archival records and exhibits.
254 (4) (a) The fund shall earn interest.
255 (b) The state treasurer shall deposit all interest earned on money in the fund into the
257 (5) The division shall annually report on the use of the fund to an appropriation
258 subcommittee designated by the Executive Appropriations Committee as part of the
259 appropriation subcommittee's budgetary process under Title 63J, Chapter 1, Budgetary
260 Procedures Act.
261 Section 14. Section 78A-6-1111 is amended to read:
262 78A-6-1111. Right to counsel -- Appointment of counsel for indigent -- Cost --
263 Court hearing to determine compelling reason to appoint a noncontracting attorney --
264 Rate of pay.
265 (1) (a) The parents, guardian, custodian, and the minor, if competent, shall be informed
266 that they have the right to be represented by counsel at every stage of the proceedings. They
267 have the right to employ counsel of their own choice and if any of them requests an attorney
268 and is found by the court to be indigent, counsel shall be appointed by the court, subject to the
269 provisions of this section. The court may appoint counsel without a request if it considers
270 representation by counsel necessary to protect the interest of the minor or of other parties.
271 (b) The cost of appointed counsel for an indigent minor or other indigent party,
272 including the cost of counsel and expense of appeal, shall be paid by the county in which the
273 trial court proceedings are held. Counties may levy and collect taxes for these purposes.
274 (c) The court shall take into account the income and financial ability to retain counsel
275 of the parents or guardian of a child in determining the indigency of the child.
276 (2) If the state or county responsible to provide legal counsel for an indigent under
277 Subsection (1)(b) has arranged by contract to provide services, the court if it has received
278 notice or a copy of such contract shall appoint the contracting attorney as legal counsel to
279 represent that indigent.
280 (3) In the absence of contrary contractual provisions regarding the selection and
281 appointment of parental defense counsel, the court shall select and appoint the attorney or
282 attorneys if:
283 (a) the contract for indigent legal services is with multiple attorneys; or
284 (b) the contract is with an additional attorney or attorneys in the event of a conflict of
286 (4) If the court considers the appointment of a noncontracting attorney to provide legal
287 services to an indigent despite the existence of an indigent legal services contract and the court
288 has a copy or notice of such contract, before the court may make the appointment, it shall:
289 (a) set the matter for a hearing;
290 (b) give proper notice to the attorney general and the [
291 Parental Defense Program created in Section 63A-11-103 ; and
292 (c) make findings that there is a compelling reason to appoint a noncontracting attorney
293 before it may make such appointment.
294 (5) The indigent's mere preference for other counsel may not be considered a
295 compelling reason justifying the appointment of a noncontracting attorney.
296 (6) The court may order a minor, parent, guardian, or custodian for whom counsel is
297 appointed and the parents or guardian of any child for whom counsel is appointed to reimburse
298 the county for some or all of the cost of appointed counsel.
299 (7) (a) Except as provided in Subsections (7)(b) and (c), the court shall order a minor,
300 parent, guardian, or custodian for whom counsel is appointed and the parents or guardian of
301 any child for whom counsel is appointed to reimburse the county for the cost of appointed
302 counsel arising from any work of counsel that is not primarily directed at the state or the
303 guardian ad litem.
304 (b) The court may not order reimbursement of the county pursuant to Subsection (7)(a)
305 for the cost of appointed counsel arising from any work of counsel:
306 (i) that is specifically undertaken to defend against the filing of a petition to terminate
307 parental rights, regardless of who filed the petition; and
308 (ii) that is undertaken after the petition to terminate parental rights has been filed.
309 (c) The state, or an agency of the state, may not be ordered to reimburse the county
310 pursuant to Subsection (7)(a).
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