- On May 29, Council Chair Vincent C. Gray, at the request of the Mayor, introduced "Student Health Care Act of 1985", Bill 18-306. This legislation would require annual physical examinations of children in public, public charter, private, and independent schools pursuant to the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics and to permit the physical examinations that are required for student enrollment in school to occur at any time in the twelve months immediately preceding the first day of the school year or the student’s enrollment in the school, whichever occurs later.
The legislation brings current DC law and practice up to current research standards.
The bill was referred to the Committee on Health (Catania, At-large, chair) with comments from the Committee of the Whole.
- Reprog. 18-23: The Department of Mental Health proposes to move authority from Agency Management Program (AMP) to the Mental Health Authority program (MHA) in order to restructure the provision of services and close the CSA. The reprogramming is in the amount of $1.6 million in Local funds was submitted to the Council on May 28; the 14-day review period started May 29.
- DCPS' FOIA compliance: DCPS published final rules in the June 6, 2009 DCR related to Freedom of Information Act requests and agency responses. Emergency rules were adopted on February 9, 2009. The final rules are online. (page 4340)
- Final rulemaking pursuant to the Child and Youth, Safety and Health Omnibus Amendment Act of 2004: The Department of Human Resources received no comments to the April 24 proposed rules and thus no changes were made. Final rulemaking action was taken on May 27, 2009. The Act established criminal background and traffic record checks requirements for District government employees providing direct services to children or youth in District government agencies considered "covered child or youth services providers." Among other things, the rules clarified personnel authority for those employees who fail the background check. (page 4346)
- Final rules related to testing for controlled substances and alcohol: The Department of Human Resources issued final rules on the agencies covered by the Child and Youth, Safety and Health Omnibus Amendment Act of 2004. Added were the District Department of the Environment, Natural Resources Administration, Fisheries and Wildlife Division, Fisheries Management Branch, and Aquatic Resource Education Center. No comments were received to proposed rules published on April 24. Final rulemaking action was taken on May 27, 2009. (page 4354)
- Final rules from MPD related to firearms: These rules are on the following subjects: firearm registration, disqualifications for registration, knowledge of firearms and training requirements, registration for self-defense at home, and dealer’s license qualifications. These rules were previously published as an emergency and proposed rulemaking in the DCR on January 16, 2009. No comments were received and no changes were made. The rules were final upon publication. (page 4380)
- Proposed rules regarding graduation requirements: The acting state superintendent has proposed rules amend Title 5, Chapter 22, of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (DCMR), entitled "Grades, Promotion, and Graduation." The proposal would make biology a required lab science for graduation starting with students entering 9th grade in the fall of 2009. No other graduation requirements are changed for students enrolled in public and public charter schools. Comments are due within 30 days of publication. (page 4393)
- Proposed rules from DYRS: The director of the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services published proposed rules related to the community placement of juveniles. Specifically,
The purpose of these amendments is to make changes to the process for reviewing and, if necessary, modifying and/or rescinding a youth’s community placement status. These amendments clarify how to initiate the community status review process, the manner in which Community Status Review Hearings are conducted, and the procedure for appealing a decision. These amendments incorporate the phrase "community status review" rather than "revocation" because it better reflects that the objective of a hearing is to review the youth’s community placement and that removal from a placement is not automatic.
DYRS intends to take final rulemaking action to adopt this amendment in no less than 14 days from the date of publication of this notice in the Register. According to the notice, DYRS has "good cause" for the shortened notice since the proposed rules were recently published with a 30-day comment period. The Public Defender Services, Georgetown University Law Center, and ParentWatch, Inc., in addition to other stakeholders, commented. (page 4395)
Friday, June 5, 2009
From the June 5 DC Register
Items from today's DCR: