Bill Text - HB515 (2016)

Relative to oversight of guardians ad litem by the guardian ad litem board.


Revision: April 30, 2016, midnight

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HB 515-FN - AS INTRODUCED

 

2015 SESSION

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HOUSE BILL\t\t515-FN

 

AN ACT\trelative to oversight of guardians ad litem by the guardian ad litem board.

 

SPONSORS:\tRep. Oligny, Rock 34; Rep. Pantelakos, Rock 25; Rep. P. Schmidt, Straf 19; Rep. White, Graf 13; Rep. K. Rice, Hills 37; Rep. Verschueren, Straf 13; Rep. Itse, Rock 10; Rep. Abrami, Rock 19; Sen. Avard, Dist 12; Sen. Carson, Dist 14

 

COMMITTEE:\tChildren and Family Law

 

 

ANALYSIS

 

\tThis bill requires the guardian ad litem board to collect and analyze performance data for each guardian ad litem.

 

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Explanation:\tMatter added to current law appears in bold italics.

\t\tMatter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

\t\tMatter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

 

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STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Fifteen

 

AN ACT\trelative to oversight of guardians ad litem by the guardian ad litem board.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

\t1  New Subparagraph; Duties of the Guardian Ad Litem Board; Performance Data and Questionnaire.  Amend RSA 490-C:4, I by inserting after subparagraph (g) the following new subparagraph:

\t\t\t(h)  Collect and analyze performance data for each guardian ad litem certified by the board.  The board shall develop a questionnaire to be distributed to each of the parties to cases in which a guardian ad litem is appointed.  The questionnaire shall be designed to gauge the parties’ satisfaction with guardian ad litem services and may include questions relative to the guardian ad litem’s performance, legal knowledge, attentiveness, bias and objectivity, and degree of preparedness.  The board shall make an annual report summarizing information gathered under this subparagraph, including statistical information gathered from the questionnaires, available to the public.

\t2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

 

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HB 515-FN - FISCAL NOTE

 

AN ACT\trelative to oversight of guardians ad litem by the guardian ad litem board.

 

 

FISCAL IMPACT:

The Guardian ad Litem Board states this bill, as introduced, will increase state expenditures by $42,648 in FY 2016, $47,755 in FY 2017, $50,887 in FY 2018, and $54,068 in FY 2019.  There is no impact on state, county, and local revenues, or county and local expenditures.  

 

METHODOLOGY:

The Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Board states this bill requires the Board collect and analyze performance data on each guardian ad litem, in the form of questionnaires distributed to each of the parties to cases in which a guardian ad litem was appointed.  The Board assumes the bill will take effect July 1, 2015.  The Board states that during 2013, there were a total of 1,301 cases in which certified GALs were appointed.  The Board estimates a minimum of 2,600 questionnaires, or two per case, will need to be administered each year.  Yearly expenses will include such items as postage, envelopes, and printing costs.  The Board states the work of designing and administering the questionnaire is beyond the scope of the current part-time administrative secretary job description.  It is anticipated the Board would seek to reclassify the position to a full-time administrative assistant (labor grade 19).  The Board assumes the budgeted appropriation in FY 2018 and FY 2019 will be the same as FY 2017.  The Board estimates the bill will increase state expenditures as follows:

 

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FY 2016

FY 2017

FY 2018

FY 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative Assistant (LG 19)

$37,011

$38,513

$40,170

$41,808

Benefits

$24,165

$25,536

$27,011

$28,554

Current expenses

$2,525

$2,525

$2,525

$2,525

Total

$63,701

$66,574

$69,706

$72,887

Less appropriation for existing part-time administrative secretary position

 

($21,053)

 

($18,819)

 

($18,819)

 

($18,819)

Net Expenditures

$42,648

$47,755

$50,887

$54,068

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