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House File 668
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A BILL FOR
1 An Act providing for establishment of a task force to study the
2 creation of a single state department with responsibility for
3 juvenile justice services and programs and including an
4 effective date.
5 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA:
6 TLSB 2468HH 81
1 1 Section 1. DEPARTMENT OF YOUTH SERVICES TASK FORCE.
1 2 1. The governor shall establish a task force to conduct a
1 3 comprehensive review of the existing juvenile justice services
1 4 and programs available for youth who are alleged to have
1 5 committed a delinquent act or have been adjudicated as having
1 6 committed a delinquent act. The purpose of the review is to
1 7 determine whether the outcomes for such youth can be improved
1 8 by creation of a single state department with responsibility
1 9 for juvenile justice services and programs or by another
1 10 approach. The review may consider the funding mechanisms for
1 11 the services and programs, agencies involved with service and
1 12 program delivery, areas of overlap, and the approaches used
1 13 and experiences of other states in administering juvenile
1 14 justice programs.
1 15 2. The membership of the task force shall include
1 16 representatives of agencies that provide direct services
1 17 targeted to youth, including but not limited to the
1 18 departments of education, human services, public health, and
1 19 public safety; the division of criminal and juvenile justice
1 20 planning of the department of human rights; juvenile court
1 21 services; the judicial branch; and juvenile justice services
1 22 providers and juvenile justice services advocates.
1 23 3. The task force shall submit a final report to the
1 24 governor and general assembly on or before December 15, 2005,
1 25 containing recommendations, fiscal analyses, and other
1 26 information deemed pertinent by the task force.
1 27 Sec. 2. EFFECTIVE DATE. This Act, being deemed of
1 28 immediate importance, takes effect upon enactment.
1 29 EXPLANATION
1 30 This bill directs the governor to establish a task force to
1 31 conduct a comprehensive review of juvenile justice services.
1 32 The purpose of the review is to determine whether the outcomes
1 33 for youth would be improved by creation of a separate state
1 34 department for youth services or by other means. The bill
1 35 provides for the task force's membership and a report deadline
2 1 of December 15, 2005.
2 2 The bill takes effect upon enactment.
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