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BILL AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

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H.598

Introduced by Representatives Clarkson of Woodstock, Pellett of Chester and Grad of Moretown

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Judiciary; drug courts; study

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to require the court administrator, the deputy commissioner of the alcohol and drug abuse program, and the deputy commissioner of mental health services to study the feasibility and advisability of statewide expansion of the drug court program and to report to the committees on judiciary no later than December 15, 2008.

AN ACT RELATING TO A STATEWIDE DRUG COURT STUDY

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  STATEWIDE DRUG COURT STUDY

The court administrator, the deputy commissioner of the alcohol and drug abuse program in the department of health, and the deputy commissioner of mental health services in the department of health shall report to the house and senate committees on judiciary by December 15, 2008 on the advisability and feasibility of expanding the drug court program to every county in the state.  The report shall address:

(1)  the financial costs of expanding the drug court program statewide;

(2)  the workforce impact which a statewide expansion of the program would have, and whether new staff would be required;

(3)  whether current state facilities have the capacity to support statewide expansion, and whether and where any new facilities would be required; and

(4)  any other matter deemed relevant to the issue of statewide drug court expansion.     



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The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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