Children’s Law Committee Meeting
December 12, 2008 ??" 12:00
SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs
3440 Harden Street Rm. 180
Columbia, South Carolina
Members Present: Bar Staff:
Michelle Dhunjishah, Chair Kali Turner
Amanda Adler Dana Kurtz, Liaison
Sarah St. Onge
I. Call to Order/Roll Call
Michelle Dhunjishah called the meeting to order, welcomed everyone and asked all to introduce themselves.
II. Approval of November 7, 2008 Minutes
A motion was made to adopt the minutes from the November 7, 2008, the motion was seconded and the minutes were unanimously approved.
III. Date change for January meeting
The date for January’s meeting has been changed to January 15. The Committee will meet at noon at The SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, 3440 Harden Street, Rm. 180.
IV. Old Business
A. Legislative Initiatives ??" House of Delegates meets January 22, 2008
1. Disturbing Schools and incorrigibility
The Committee reviewed the memorandum prepared for Proposed Amendments to code 63-19-1020 and code 16-17-420. The Proposed Amendments will be presented to the House of Delegates on January 22.
2. Driver’s licenses for children in foster care
The Committee reviewed Draft Legislation which will facilitate children in foster care obtaining driver’s licenses. The following statutes would need to be amended: Section 59-39-320; Section 56-1-100; Section 56-1-110; and Section 56-1-50. Under the direction of Pamela Robinson the law students at USC did extensive research and sent the research to DSS. The Draft Legislation was prepared by the general counsel’s office at DSS. It is currently aimed at children ages 17 ½ to 18. The Committee requested clarification on the issue of the ages and tabled the item until more information is obtained. Pamela Robinson said she will research. Committee thanked Pamela Robinson and the law students for their hard work.
3. Appointment of attorneys for attorney GALs (20-7-110/63-7-1620)
After discussion, the Committee moved to approve the language as amended to SC Code Ann. 20-7-110 and 63-7-1620 and forward the proposed amendments to The House of Delegates on January 22, 2009 for Bar approval.
4. Responsible Father Registry
Kali Turner presented a Draft Legislative Package for the Responsible Father Registry that she received from Angelia Smith Owens on behalf of Children First for the Committee’s review. Michelle Dhunjishah asked the Committee to look-over the Draft Legislation and provide feedback to Dana Kurtz in early January in order for Kali Turner to forward the Committee’s opinions to Angelia Smith Owens.
5. Registration of juveniles on the sex offender registry
No report at this time.
B. CLE for 2010 Bar Convention
No report at this time.
IV. New Business
There was no new business
There being no further business the meeting was adjourned.