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TEMPORARY HOMELESS YOUTH SHELTER AMENDMENTS

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2014 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Gage Froerer

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Senate Sponsor: Allen M. Christensen

             6      Cosponsors:
             7      Jack R. Draxler
             8      Susan Duckworth
             9      Rebecca P. Edwards
             10      Richard A. GreenwoodLynn N. Hemingway
Brian S. King
Ronda Rudd Menlove
Curtis Oda
Lee B. PerryDixon M. Pitcher
Mark A. Wheatley
Larry B. Wiley              11     
             12      LONG TITLE
             13      General Description:
             14          This bill enacts and modifies provisions relating to temporary homeless youth shelters.
             15      Highlighted Provisions:
             16          This bill:
             17          .    grants the Office of Licensing rulemaking authority to make rules establishing
             18      age-appropriate and gender-appropriate sleeping quarters in temporary homeless
             19      youth shelters;
             20          .    requires a temporary homeless youth shelter to notify the Division of Child and
             21      Family Services or a youth services center within 48 hours after the later of:
             22              .    the time that the temporary homeless youth shelter becomes aware that the
             23      minor is a runaway; or
             24              .    the time that the temporary homeless youth shelter begins harboring the minor;
             25      and
             26          .    makes technical and conforming changes.
             27      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             28          None


             29      Other Special Clauses:
             30          None
             31      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             32      AMENDS:
             33           62A-4a-501 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 19
             34      ENACTS:
             35           62A-2-108.8 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
             36     
             37      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             38          Section 1. Section 62A-2-108.8 is enacted to read:
             39          62A-2-108.8. Residential support program -- Temporary homeless youth shelter.
             40          In accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the
             41      office shall make rules that establish age-appropriate and gender-appropriate sleeping quarters
             42      in temporary homeless youth shelters, as defined in Section 62A-4a-501 , that provide overnight
             43      shelter to minors.
             44          Section 2. Section 62A-4a-501 is amended to read:
             45           62A-4a-501. Harboring a runaway -- Reporting requirements -- Division to
             46      provide assistance -- Affirmative defense -- Providing shelter after notice.
             47          (1) As used in this section:
             48          (a) "Harbor" means to provide shelter in:
             49          (i) the home of the person who is providing the shelter; or
             50          (ii) any structure over which the person providing the shelter has any control.
             51          [(b) "Promptly" means within eight hours after the later of:]
             52          [(i) the time that the person becomes aware that the minor is a runaway; or]
             53          [(ii) the time that the person begins harboring the minor.]
             54          [(c)] (b) "Receiving center" is as defined in Section 62A-7-101 .
             55          [(d)] (c) "Runaway" means a minor, other than an emancipated minor, who is absent
             56      from the home or lawfully prescribed residence of the parent or legal guardian of the minor


             57      without the permission of the parent or legal guardian.
             58          [(e)] (d) "Temporary homeless youth shelter" means a facility that:
             59          (i) provides temporary shelter to a runaway; and
             60          (ii) is licensed by the Office of Licensing, created in Section 62A-1-105 , as a
             61      residential support program.
             62          [(f)] (e) "Youth services center" means a center established by, or under contract with,
             63      the Division of Juvenile Justice Services, created in Section 62A-1-105 , to provide youth
             64      services, as defined in Section 62A-7-101 .
             65          (2) [A] Except as provided in Subsection (3), a person is guilty of a class B
             66      misdemeanor if the person:
             67          (a) knowingly and intentionally harbors a minor;
             68          (b) knows at the time of harboring the minor that the minor is a runaway; [and]
             69          (c) [except as provided in Subsection (3),] fails to [promptly] notify one of the
             70      following, by telephone or other reasonable means, of the location of the minor:
             71          (i) the parent or legal guardian of the minor;
             72          (ii) the division; or
             73          (iii) a youth services center[.]; and
             74          (d) fails to notify a person described in Subsection (2)(c) within eight hours after the
             75      later of:
             76          (i) the time that the person becomes aware that the minor is a runaway; or
             77          (ii) the time that the person begins harboring the minor.
             78          (3) A person described in Subsection (2) is not guilty of a violation of Subsection (2)
             79      and is not required to comply with [Subsection] Subsections (2)(c) and (d), if:
             80          (a) a court order is issued authorizing a peace officer to take the minor into custody;
             81      and
             82          (b) the person [promptly] notifies a peace officer or the nearest detention center, as
             83      defined in Section 62A-7-101 , by telephone or other reasonable means, of the location of the
             84      minor[.], within eight hours after the later of:


             85          (i) the time that the person becomes aware that the minor is a runaway; or
             86          (ii) the time that the person begins harboring the minor.
             87          (4) Nothing in this section limits the obligation of a person to report child abuse or
             88      neglect in accordance with Section 62A-4a-403 .
             89          (5) Except as provided in Subsection (6), a temporary homeless youth shelter shall
             90      notify:
             91          (a) the parent or legal guardian of a minor within eight hours after the later of:
             92          (i) the time that the temporary homeless youth shelter becomes aware that the minor is
             93      a runaway; or
             94          (ii) the time that the temporary homeless youth shelter begins harboring the minor; and
             95          (b) the division or a youth services center, within 48 hours after the later of:
             96          (i) the time that the temporary homeless youth shelter becomes aware that a minor is a
             97      runaway; or
             98          (ii) the time that the temporary homeless youth shelter begins harboring the minor.
             99          (6) A temporary homeless youth shelter is not required to comply with Subsection (5)
             100      if:
             101          (a) a court order is issued authorizing a peace officer to take the minor into custody;
             102      and
             103          (b) the temporary homeless youth shelter notifies a peace officer or the nearest
             104      detention center, as defined in Section 62A-7-101 , by telephone or other reasonable means, of
             105      the location of the minor, within eight hours after the later of:
             106          (i) the time that the person becomes aware that the minor is a runaway; or
             107          (ii) the time that the person begins harboring the minor.
             108          [(4)] (7) It is an affirmative defense to the crime described in Subsection (2) that:
             109          (a) the person failed to [promptly] provide notice as described in Subsection (2)[(c)] or
             110      (3) due to circumstances beyond the control of the person providing the shelter; and
             111          (b) the person provided the notice described in Subsection (2)[(c)] or (3) as soon as it
             112      was reasonably practicable to [do so] provide the notice.


             113          [(5)] (8) Upon receipt of a report that a runaway is being harbored by a person:
             114          (a) a youth services center shall:
             115          (i) notify the parent or legal guardian that a report has been made; and
             116          (ii) inform the parent or legal guardian of assistance available from the youth services
             117      center; or
             118          (b) the division shall:
             119          (i) determine whether the runaway is abused, neglected, or dependent; and
             120          (ii) if appropriate, make a referral for services for the runaway.
             121          [(6)] (9) A parent or legal guardian of a runaway who is aware that the runaway is
             122      being harbored may notify a law enforcement agency and request assistance in retrieving the
             123      runaway. The local law enforcement agency may assist the parent or legal guardian in
             124      retrieving the runaway.
             125          [(7)] (10) Nothing in this section prohibits [an individual] a person or a temporary
             126      homeless youth shelter from continuing to provide shelter to a runaway, after giving the notice
             127      described in [Subsection (2)(c) or (3)] Subsections (2) through (6), if:
             128          (a) a parent or legal guardian of the minor consents to the continued provision of
             129      shelter; or
             130          (b) a peace officer or a parent or legal guardian of the minor fails to retrieve the
             131      runaway.
             132          [(8)] (11) Nothing in this section prohibits [an individual] a person or a temporary
             133      homeless youth shelter from providing shelter to a non-emancipated minor whose parents or
             134      legal guardians have intentionally:
             135          (a) ceased to maintain physical custody of the minor;
             136          (b) failed to make reasonable arrangements for the safety, care, and physical custody of
             137      the minor; and
             138          (c) failed to provide the minor with food, shelter, or clothing.
             139          [(9)] (12) Nothing in this section prohibits:
             140          (a) a receiving center or a youth services center from providing shelter to a runaway in


             141      accordance with the requirements of Title 62A, Chapter 7, Juvenile Justice Services, and the
             142      rules relating to a receiving center or a youth services center; or
             143          (b) a government agency from taking custody of a minor as otherwise provided by law.
             144          [(10) Nothing in this section releases a person from the obligation, under Section
             145      62A-4a-403 , to report abuse or neglect of a child.]


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