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Souse Bill No. 5478

PUBLIC ACT NO. 96-155

AN ACT CONCERNING YOUTH TO WORK DAY AND THE OFFICE OF THE CHILD ADVOCATE.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Subsection (a) of section 10-29a of the general statutes, as amended by section 1 of public act 95-25 and public act 95-67, is amended by adding subdivision (34) as follows:

(NEW) (34) The Governor shall proclaim the second Wednesday of February of each year to be Youth to Work Day to allow an adult to bring a youth to work for the purpose of exposing such youth to the workplace. Suitable programs shall be held in the State Capitol and elsewhere as the Governor designates for the observance of the day.

Sec. 2. Section 1 of public act 95-242 is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

There is established an Office of the Child Advocate. The Governor, with the approval of the General Assembly, shall appoint a person with knowledge of the child welfare system and the legal system to fill the Office of the Child Advocate. Such person shall be qualified by training and experience to perform the duties of the office as set forth in section 7 of [this act] PUBLIC ACT 95-242. The appointment shall be made from a list of at least three persons prepared and submitted by the advisory committee established pursuant to section 12 of [this act] PUBLIC ACT 95-242. UPON ANY VACANCY IN THE POSITION OF CHILD ADVOCATE, THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE SHALL MEET TO CONSIDER AND INTERVIEW SUCCESSOR CANDIDATES, AND SHALL SUBMIT TO THE GOVERNOR A LIST OF NO LESS THAN FIVE AND NO MORE THAN SEVEN OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING CANDIDATES, ON OR BEFORE SIXTY DAYS OF SAID VACANCY. SUCH LIST SHALL RANK THE CANDIDATES IN THE ORDER OF COMMITTEE PREFERENCE. UPON RECEIPT OF THE LIST OF CANDIDATES FROM THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE, THE GOVERNOR SHALL DESIGNATE A CANDIDATE FOR CHILD ADVOCATE FROM AMONG THE CHOICES, WITHIN EIGHT WEEKS OF RECEIPT OF SUCH LIST. IF AT ANY TIME, ANY OF THE CANDIDATES WITHDRAW FROM CONSIDERATION PRIOR TO CONFIRMATION BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, THE DESIGNATION SHALL BE MADE FROM THE REMAINING CANDIDATES ON THE LIST SUBMITTED TO THE GOVERNOR. IF A CANDIDATE HAS NOT BEEN DESIGNATED BY THE GOVERNOR WITHIN THE EIGHT-WEEK TIME PERIOD, THE CANDIDATE RANKED FIRST SHALL RECEIVE THE DESIGNATION AND BE REFERRED TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY FOR CONFIRMATION. IF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY IS NOT IN SESSION, THE DESIGNATED CANDIDATE SHALL SERVE AS ACTING CHILD ADVOCATE, AND BE ENTITLED TO THE COMPENSATION, PRIVILEGES AND POWERS OF THE CHILD ADVOCATE UNTIL THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETS TO TAKE ACTION ON SAID APPOINTMENT. The person appointed child advocate shall serve for a term of four years and may be reappointed or shall continue to hold office until his successor is appointed and qualified.

Approved May 31, 1996. Effective October 1, 1996.

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