Citations Affected: IC 4-23-29.
Synopsis: Children's coordinated services commission. Establishes the
children's coordinated services commission to coordinate and oversee
Effective: Upon passage.
January 13, 2004, read first time and referred to Committee on Rules and Legislative
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning state
offices and administration.
(3) The state superintendent of public instruction or the state superintendent's designee.
(4) Twelve (12) members, to be appointed by the governor, each of whom has an interest in at least one (1) of the following:
(A) Early childhood:
(iv) development; and
(B) Child care.
(C) Child advocacy.
(D) Parenting support.
(E) Maternal and child health.
(F) Children with special needs.
In making the appointments under subdivision (4), the governor shall consider the political, geographic, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity of the state.
(b) Two (2) members of the house of representatives, each representing a different political party, shall be appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives as advisers to the commission.
(c) Two (2) members of the senate, each representing a different political party, shall be appointed by the president pro tempore of the senate as advisers to the commission.
(d) The individuals appointed under subsections (b) and (c) are not members of the commission.
Sec. 4. (a) Members of the commission appointed under section 3(a)(4) of this chapter serve for a term of four (4) years.
(b) A member may be reappointed.
(c) If a vacancy occurs, the governor shall make an appointment to fill the vacancy for the unexpired term.
(d) The members of the commission shall annually elect a chairperson of the commission.
(e) The affirmative votes of a majority of the members of the commission are required for the commission to take action, including annual reports. A vacancy in the membership of the commission does not impair the right of a quorum to exercise the rights and perform the duties of the commission.
Sec. 5. (a) The commission shall meet quarterly and at the call
of the chairperson.
(b) The commission may form subcommittees, including individuals who:
(1) are not members of the commission; and
(2) may be employees of corporations, state educational institutions, other state agencies, nonprofit organizations, and other entities;
as necessary to accomplish the work of the commission.
Sec. 6. (a) The governor shall appoint a director who serves as secretary of the commission and chief administrative officer for the commission. The director:
(1) serves at the governor's pleasure;
(2) serves the commission in a full-time capacity; and
(3) may not engage in or have an interest in a business or an activity that may create a conflict of interest.
(b) The governor shall fix the salary of the director with the approval of the budget agency.
Sec. 7. Subject to the approval of the governor, the director may do the following:
(1) Employ staff necessary to advise and assist the commission as required by this chapter.
(2) Fix compensation of staff according to policies of the budget agency and the state personnel department.
(3) Establish policies, procedures, standards, and criteria necessary to carry out the duties of the staff of the commission.
Sec. 8. The oversight and coordination duties of the commission include the following:
(1) Expansion of current successful initiatives to:
(A) integrate early childhood services and expand collaborative partnerships with business, education, human services, health, mental health, and other entities to support early learning; and
(B) address the developmental needs of children, including health care, nutrition, education, child care, prevention of abuse and neglect, and other human services.
(2) Prevention of duplication of services.
(3) Beginning July 1, 2005:
(A) collection of data concerning; and
(B) measurement of results of;
initiatives, services, and programs intended to address the developmental needs of children, including early learning and
school readiness strategies.
(4) Promotion of strategic planning and cooperation:
(A) between governmental entities; and
(B) between government and private entities;
to address the needs of children.
(5) Review of funding used by state agencies for children's services and recommendations to the governor concerning the funding.
Sec. 9. Members of the commission and subcommittees shall serve without compensation.
Sec. 10. The commission shall annually submit a report to the governor and the general assembly in an electronic format under IC 5-14-6 concerning the commission's:
(1) activities during the previous year;
(2) accomplishment of annual goals and objectives;
(3) goals and objectives for the succeeding year; and