HB4308 SFAT Trump #1 2-17

Smith  7883


Senator Trump moved to amend the bill by striking out the title and substituting therefor a new title, to read as follows:

Eng. House Bill 4308—A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §14-2A-11a; to amend and reenact §14-2A-14 of said code; and to amend and reenact §49-5-101 of said code, all relating generally to  confidentiality of juvenile records and exceptions thereto; declaring that records in the possession of the Crime Victim Compensation Fund regarding juveniles who are the subject of an abuse or neglect petition are confidential;  expanding the class of persons who may apply to the Crime Victim’s Fund  on behalf of a child who is the subject of a civil abuse and neglect petition; specifying that official records relating to a child or juvenile may be disclosed for evaluation of a Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund application; including the Juvenile Justice Commission and its designees acting in the courses of their official duties to the list of persons and entities granted access to confidential juvenile records; granting the West Virginia Crime Victims Compensation Fund and its designees access to certain information related to child abuse or neglect proceedings; granting a current or former employee of the Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation access to relevant juvenile records for purposes of pursuing a grievance; permitting the release of such records only after a hearing to determine relevance, held before the Public Employees Grievance Board; providing for the sealing of such relevant records from public view and the redaction of any identifying information related to the juvenile; placing certain limitations on the grieving party’s use of such records; permitting a grieving party’s attorney or representative access to such records; requiring records be returned following conclusion of grievance procedure; requiring a court order for any further use of such records outside of the grievance proceeding;  requiring that such  court orders limit disclosure to the purposes of the proceeding; and clarifying that nothing in the section may be construed to abrogate the Freedom of Information Act.