State Senator Danny Carroll Receives Champion for Children Award | New


Kentucky State Senator Danny Carroll

FRANKFORT, KY — Kentucky State Senator Danny Carroll of Benton has received the Champion for Children award from the Children’s Alliance, according to the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission.

The Children’s Alliance is an association of 36 private Kentucky agencies that provide foster care and behavioral health services statewide. In a press release, the LRC says the group recently presented Carroll with the award “for his leadership during the 2022 legislative session in sponsoring Senate Bill 97 (SB 97), strengthening Kentucky laws on deaths and near-deaths related to child abuse and neglect”.

SB 97 was signed into law by Governor Andy Beshear on April 8 after the measure passed the state Senate and House.

The act makes several changes to state law regarding child death investigations. The law requires law enforcement to request blood, breath or urine tests from caregivers suspected of being under the influence at the time of a child’s death or in near-kill incidents. It also requires investigators to apply for search warrants for these tests if the caregiver does not give consent for these tests.

Additionally, the measure expands the membership of the external child death and near-death review committee to include the president of the Kentucky Coroners Association and a drug-assisted treatment provider chosen by the Kentucky Attorney General. . It also requires the committee to include the co-chairs of the Child Welfare Advisory and Oversight Committee as members instead of the chairs of the House and Senate Health and Welfare Committees. The legislation also changes the due date for the panel’s annual report to February 1 each year from the previous deadline of December 1.

The LRC says the measure also creates a process by which the panel can suggest recommendations to state agencies and for those agencies to respond to and implement those recommendations.

SB 97 establishes that all panel proceedings, opinions and records are privileged and therefore cannot be subpoenaed.

The RCL says Carroll sponsored the bill based on recommendations from the Child Deaths and Near-Deaths Review Committee itself.

The commission says Carroll received the award on July 7, which was presented to her by Children’s Alliance President Michelle Sanborn.

“It is a great honor to present the Champion for Children award to Senator Carroll, who is a strong advocate in Frankfort for children and families in Kentucky,” Sanborn said in a statement included in the LRC press release. “His extraordinary efforts to ensure better coordination among state agencies in the event of a child death or near-death will have a lasting impact on the work of the Child Death and Near-Death Review Committee. children to ultimately reduce child deaths and near-deaths in the Commonwealth. Sen. Carroll is a true champion for children and his compassion and unwavering leadership are truly appreciated.”


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