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HB 260 (BR 950) - T. Burch

     AN ACT relating to children in the custody of the state.
     Create a new section of KRS Chapter 610 to require the Court of Justice to establish rules of administrative procedure relating to juvenile and child protection and permanency cases; amend KRS 620.020 to define court proceeding; amend KRS 620.060 to require notice of right to counsel and appointment of counsel; add provision encouraging courts to establish local rules or procedures to appoint counsel at the earliest possible opportunity; amend KRS 620.070 to require summons to contain notice of right to counsel; amend KRS 620.080 to require time for counsel to consult with parent and child if appropriate, require appointment of counsel and guardian ad litem prior to temporary removal hearing and specify appointment includes actions through the first annual permanency review unless court replaces appointment, require a hearing if more than one guardian ad litem is appointed for a case, and require service to all parties including Finance and Administration Cabinet; create a new section of KRS Chapter 620 to require court to inform parent orally and with written materials about court procedures and specify conduct of temporary removal hearing and rights if further proceedings are required; amend KRS 620.100 to delete duplicative language; delete all language regarding payment and amount of fees for appointed attorneys; create a new section of KRS Chapter 620 to require payment to appointed attorneys based on the hourly rate established for legal services contracts with maximum payments for each phase of a case, and permit recovery of specified expenses upon approval of the court; require promulgation of administrative regulations by Finance and Administration Cabinet; set court fees for appeals not to exceed $500; amend KRS 31.215, 202B.210, 625.0405, 625.041, and 625.080 to conform; amend KRS 625.110 to require appointment of an attorney for an appeal of a termination of parental rights order for an indigent parent.

     Jan 14-introduced in House
     Jan 19-to Judiciary (H)

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