HB 316: "An Act relating to the construction of certain statutes relating to children; relating to the scope of duty and standard of care for persons who provide services to certain children and families; and providing for an effective date."
00 HOUSE BILL NO. 316 01 "An Act relating to the construction of certain statutes relating to children; relating to 02 the scope of duty and standard of care for persons who provide services to certain 03 children and families; and providing for an effective date." 04 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 05 * Section 1. AS 47.10.005 is amended to read: 06 Sec. 47.10.005. Construction. The provisions of this chapter shall be 07 liberally construed to 08 (1) recognize that parents possess inherent, individual rights to 09 direct and control the education and upbringing of their children; and 10 (2) achieve the end that a child coming within the jurisdiction of the 11 court under this chapter may receive the care, guidance, treatment, and control that 12 will promote the child's welfare and the parents' participation in the child's 13 upbringing. 14 * Sec. 2. AS 47.10 is amended by adding a new section to read:
01 Sec. 47.10.961. Duty and standard of care; regulations. The department 02 shall adopt regulations that establish the scope of the duty owed and the standard of 03 care that must be met by the department's employees with regard to the children and 04 families being served under this chapter. The regulations must be consistent in all 05 relevant respects with the code of professional ethics and the standards of practice for 06 social work adopted by the Board of Social Work Examiners under AS 08.95. 07 * Sec. 3. AS 47.10.960 is repealed. 08 * Sec. 4. Sections 1 and 2 of this Act take effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c). 09 * Sec. 5. Section 3 of this Act takes effect 180 days after the effective date of sec. 2 of this 10 Act.