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H.B. 132

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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

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             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill enacts and modifies provisions relating to temporary homeless youth shelters.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    grants the Office of Licensing rulemaking authority to make rules establishing
             13      age-appropriate and gender-appropriate sleeping quarters in temporary homeless
             14      youth shelters;
             15          .    requires a temporary homeless youth shelter to notify the Division of Child and
             16      Family Services or a youth services center within 48 hours after the later of:
             17              .    the time that the temporary homeless youth shelter becomes aware that the
             18      minor is a runaway; or
             19              .    the time that the temporary homeless youth shelter begins harboring the minor;
             20      and
             21          .    makes technical and conforming changes.
             22      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             23          None
             24      Other Special Clauses:
             25          None
             26      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             27      AMENDS:


             28           62A-4a-501 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 19
             29      ENACTS:
             30           62A-2-108.8 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
             31     
             32      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             33          Section 1. Section 62A-2-108.8 is enacted to read:
             34          62A-2-108.8. Residential support program -- Temporary homeless youth shelter.
             35          In accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the
             36      office shall make rules that establish age-appropriate and gender-appropriate sleeping quarters
             37      in temporary homeless youth shelters, as defined in Section 62A-4a-501 , that provide overnight
             38      shelter to minors.
             39          Section 2. Section 62A-4a-501 is amended to read:
             40           62A-4a-501. Harboring a runaway -- Reporting requirements -- Division to
             41      provide assistance -- Affirmative defense -- Providing shelter after notice.
             42          (1) As used in this section:
             43          (a) "Harbor" means to provide shelter in:
             44          (i) the home of the person who is providing the shelter; or
             45          (ii) any structure over which the person providing the shelter has any control.
             46          [(b) "Promptly" means within eight hours after the later of:]
             47          [(i) the time that the person becomes aware that the minor is a runaway; or]
             48          [(ii) the time that the person begins harboring the minor.]
             49          [(c)] (b) "Receiving center" is as defined in Section 62A-7-101 .
             50          [(d)] (c) "Runaway" means a minor, other than an emancipated minor, who is absent
             51      from the home or lawfully prescribed residence of the parent or legal guardian of the minor
             52      without the permission of the parent or legal guardian.
             53          [(e)] (d) "Temporary homeless youth shelter" means a facility that:
             54          (i) provides temporary shelter to a runaway; and
             55          (ii) is licensed by the Office of Licensing, created in Section 62A-1-105 , as a
             56      residential support program.
             57          [(f)] (e) "Youth services center" means a center established by, or under contract with,
             58      the Division of Juvenile Justice Services, created in Section 62A-1-105 , to provide youth


             59      services, as defined in Section 62A-7-101 .
             60          (2) [A] Except as provided in Subsection (3), a person is guilty of a class B
             61      misdemeanor if the person:
             62          (a) knowingly and intentionally harbors a minor;
             63          (b) knows at the time of harboring the minor that the minor is a runaway; [and]
             64          (c) [except as provided in Subsection (3),] fails to [promptly] notify one of the
             65      following, by telephone or other reasonable means, of the location of the minor:
             66          (i) the parent or legal guardian of the minor;
             67          (ii) the division; or
             68          (iii) a youth services center[.]; and
             69          (d) fails to notify a person described in Subsection (2)(c) within eight hours after the
             70      later of:
             71          (i) the time that the person becomes aware that the minor is a runaway; or
             72          (ii) the time that the person begins harboring the minor.
             73          (3) A person described in Subsection (2) is not guilty of a violation of Subsection (2)
             74      and is not required to comply with [Subsection] Subsections (2)(c) and (d), if:
             75          (a) a court order is issued authorizing a peace officer to take the minor into custody;
             76      and
             77          (b) the person [promptly] notifies a peace officer or the nearest detention center, as
             78      defined in Section 62A-7-101 , by telephone or other reasonable means, of the location of the
             79      minor[.], within eight hours after the later of:
             80          (i) the time that the person becomes aware that the minor is a runaway; or
             81          (ii) the time that the person begins harboring the minor.
             82          (4) Nothing in this section limits the obligation of a person to report child abuse or
             83      neglect in accordance with Section 62A-4a-403 .
             84          (5) Except as provided in Subsection (6), a temporary homeless youth shelter shall
             85      notify:
             86          (a) the parent or legal guardian of a minor within eight hours after the later of:
             87          (i) the time that the temporary homeless youth shelter becomes aware that the minor is
             88      a runaway; or
             89          (ii) the time that the temporary homeless youth shelter begins harboring the minor; and


             90          (b) the division or a youth services center, within 48 hours after the later of:
             91          (i) the time that the temporary homeless youth shelter becomes aware that a minor is a
             92      runaway; or
             93          (ii) the time that the temporary homeless youth shelter begins harboring the minor.
             94          (6) A temporary homeless youth shelter is not required to comply with Subsection (5)
             95      if:
             96          (a) a court order is issued authorizing a peace officer to take the minor into custody;
             97      and
             98          (b) the temporary homeless youth shelter notifies a peace officer or the nearest
             99      detention center, as defined in Section 62A-7-101 , by telephone or other reasonable means, of
             100      the location of the minor, within eight hours after the later of:
             101          (i) the time that the person becomes aware that the minor is a runaway; or
             102          (ii) the time that the person begins harboring the minor.
             103          [(4)] (7) It is an affirmative defense to the crime described in Subsection (2) that:
             104          (a) the person failed to [promptly] provide notice as described in Subsection (2)[(c)] or
             105      (3) due to circumstances beyond the control of the person providing the shelter; and
             106          (b) the person provided the notice described in Subsection (2)[(c)] or (3) as soon as it
             107      was reasonably practicable to [do so] provide the notice.
             108          [(5)] (8) Upon receipt of a report that a runaway is being harbored by a person:
             109          (a) a youth services center shall:
             110          (i) notify the parent or legal guardian that a report has been made; and
             111          (ii) inform the parent or legal guardian of assistance available from the youth services
             112      center; or
             113          (b) the division shall:
             114          (i) determine whether the runaway is abused, neglected, or dependent; and
             115          (ii) if appropriate, make a referral for services for the runaway.
             116          [(6)] (9) A parent or legal guardian of a runaway who is aware that the runaway is
             117      being harbored may notify a law enforcement agency and request assistance in retrieving the
             118      runaway. The local law enforcement agency may assist the parent or legal guardian in
             119      retrieving the runaway.
             120          [(7)] (10) Nothing in this section prohibits [an individual] a person or a temporary


             121      homeless youth shelter from continuing to provide shelter to a runaway, after giving the notice
             122      described in [Subsection (2)(c) or (3)] Subsections (2) through (6), if:
             123          (a) a parent or legal guardian of the minor consents to the continued provision of
             124      shelter; or
             125          (b) a peace officer or a parent or legal guardian of the minor fails to retrieve the
             126      runaway.
             127          [(8)] (11) Nothing in this section prohibits [an individual] a person or a temporary
             128      homeless youth shelter from providing shelter to a non-emancipated minor whose parents or
             129      legal guardians have intentionally:
             130          (a) ceased to maintain physical custody of the minor;
             131          (b) failed to make reasonable arrangements for the safety, care, and physical custody of
             132      the minor; and
             133          (c) failed to provide the minor with food, shelter, or clothing.
             134          [(9)] (12) Nothing in this section prohibits:
             135          (a) a receiving center or a youth services center from providing shelter to a runaway in
             136      accordance with the requirements of Title 62A, Chapter 7, Juvenile Justice Services, and the
             137      rules relating to a receiving center or a youth services center; or
             138          (b) a government agency from taking custody of a minor as otherwise provided by law.
             139          [(10) Nothing in this section releases a person from the obligation, under Section
             140      62A-4a-403 , to report abuse or neglect of a child.]




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