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Governor Ehrlich: Governor’s Council on Family Violence Prevention

April 27, 2011

EXECUTIVE ORDERS  2006

STATE OF MARYLAND

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EXECUTIVE ORDER OF JANUARY 27, 2006

01.01.2006.01

Governor’s Council on Family Violence Prevention

WHEREAS, Family violence is abusive behavior directed at a person with whom the abuser has had a domestic or an intimate personal relationship;

WHEREAS, Family violence cuts across all social, economic, and ethnic lines;

WHEREAS, The Federal Bureau of Investigation has concluded that family violence is underreported by a factor greater than ten to one;

WHEREAS, Family violence has a profound and negative impact on all aspects of our society, with a national annual estimated cost to business in lost productivity between $3 billion and $5 billion;

WHEREAS, Violence in the home impacts all members of a household and has been shown to be coincident with child abuse as well as other forms of family violence.

Studies demonstrate that 70% of males who abuse their female partners also abuse their children, resulting in children with a history of maltreatment or family violence who are 25% more likely to engage in antisocial behaviors and to suffer from mental illness;

WHEREAS, Over half of all women will experience physical violence in an intimate relationship, and approximately 25% of those women will be abused regularly; and

WHEREAS, It is necessary to create an understanding of the scope and nature of family violence in the State, to provide accurate assessments of the needs of families affected by violence, to identify weaknesses in the various institutions intended to protect family members from violence, and to formulate and implement proposals for more effective responses by the social, legal, medical, and government systems.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, ROBERT L. EHRLICH, JR., GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OFMARYLAND, BY VIRTUE OF THE AUTHORITY VESTED IN ME BY THE CONSTITUTION AND LAWS OFMARYLAND, HEREBY PROCLAIM THE FOLLOWING EXECUTIVE ORDER, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY:

A. Established. There is a Governor’s Council on Family Violence Prevention within the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention.

B. Membership.

(1) The Council shall have no more than 21 members, consisting of:

(a) The Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene or a designee;

(b) The Secretary of Human Resources or a designee; ROBERT L. EHRLICH, Jr., Governor 2006.01 – 1 –

(c) The Secretary of Public Safety and Correctional Services or a designee;

(d) The Secretary of Juvenile Services or a designee;

(e) The State Superintendent of Schools or a designee;

(f) The Secretary of State Police or a designee;

(g) The Executive Director of the Governor’s Office on Crime Control and Prevention or a designee;

(h) The Executive Director of the Governor’s Office for Children or a designee;

(i) A representative of the Maryland Judiciary, designated by the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals;

(j) Two members of the Maryland Senate, one appointed by the President of the Senate and one appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate;

(k) Two members of the Maryland House of Delegates, one appointed by the Speaker of the House and one appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of Delegates; and

(l) Up to eight members with interest and expertise appointed by the Governor. These members may include representatives of service providers, the legal, advocacy, and faith communities, and victims and survivors of domestic or family violence.

(m) The Governor shall appoint the Chair of the Council.

(2) Members appointed by the Governor under Section B.(1)(l) serve at the will of the Governor, and shall serve 3–year terms, staggered upon initial appointment. All other members shall serve so long as they hold the office or designation stipulated in Section B.(1)(a) through (k).

(3) To the extent possible, the membership shall include representation from each of the major geographic regions of the State.

(4) Members of the Council may not receive any compensation for their services, but may receive reimbursement for reasonable expenses incurred in the performance of their duties in accordance with the Standard State Travel Regulations and as provided in the State budget.

(5) If a member appointed by the Governor fails to attend more than half of the regularly scheduled meetings in 1 year, the member may be presumed to have resigned and the Governor may appoint a new member to fill out the remainder of the term.

C. Procedures.

(1) The Council shall meet at least two times per year.

(2) A majority of the Council’s membership shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of any business.

(3) The Council may adopt rules consistent with this Executive Order, including the creation of subcommittees to carry out the Council’s responsibilities.

(4) The Council may hold public hearings as deemed necessary and appropriate by the Chair.

D. Duties and Responsibilities. The Council shall:

(1) Advise the Governor through the Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention on matters related to family violence.

(2) Identify and analyze State policies and programs relating to family violence, including but not limited to:

(a) Collecting data from State agencies relating to the prevention and reduction of domestic violence and related family violence;

(b) Identifying resources available to reduce and prevent family violence through a statewide coordinated effort; and

(c) Identifying opportunities for collaboration between governmental units.

(3) Examine, or cause to be examined, the relationship between family violence and other societal problems, including but not limited to juvenile delinquency, alcohol and substance abuse, truancy, and future criminal activity.

(4) Identify best practices, research, and information pertaining to abuser intervention and related programs.

(5) Propose to the Governor, through the Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention, legislative, regulatory, and policy changes to reduce and prevent the incidence of domestic violence and related family violence, to protect victims, and to punish perpetrators.

(6) Perform such other duties and functions as may be appropriate and necessary for the Council to address and implement the provisions of this Executive Order.

E. Staffing.

(1) The Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention shall provide staff for the Council.

(2) The Council may request and shall receive in a timely manner from any department, division, board, bureau, commission, or agency of the State such information and assistance as necessary to enable it to properly carry out its powers pursuant to this Executive Order, unless otherwise prohibited by law.

(3) The Council shall be funded by operating budgets of the Executive Department, and any federal funds or special State funds available, unless otherwise prohibited by law or regulation.

F. Reporting. The Council shall issue an annual report to the Governor by December 1 that provides the status of family violence inMaryland and recommends improvements to the State’s activities to prevent family violence.

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EXECUTIVE ORDER OF FEBRUARY 13, 2006

01.01.2006.02

Maryland Child Care Subsidy Coordinating Council

WHEREAS, Governor Ehrlich is committed to helping low–income families achieve economic stability and independence and helping children achieve lifelong success through quality education;

WHEREAS, Child care is central to these goals as a vital support for low–income parents to enter and remain in the workforce and thereby achieve and maintain economic independence, and as an opportunity to build the educational foundation that helps children enter school ready to learn;

WHEREAS, Maryland’s Child Care Subsidy Program is a primary source of public child care support for low–income families and plays a vital role in assisting low–income families achieve economic stability and independence while also supporting the early education of children, thereby promoting school readiness and educational achievement;

WHEREAS, The Maryland Department of Human Resources is the principal State agency responsible for administering State and federal funds and programs to support low–income families in achieving economic independence, the Maryland State Department of Education is the principal State agency responsible for administering State and federal funds and programs to support children in achieving educational success, and the Governor’s Office for Children is responsible for coordinating the policies, programs, and activities of the State to secure positive outcomes for Maryland’s children; and

WHEREAS, The Maryland Department of Human Resources, the Maryland State Department of Education, and the Governor’s Office for Children, by virtue of  their responsibilities, have a mutual duty to assure the successful operation of the Child Care Subsidy Program.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, ROBERT L. EHRLICH, JR., GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OFMARYLAND, BY VIRTUE OF THE AUTHORITY VESTED IN ME BY THE CONSTITUTION AND LAWS OFMARYLAND, DO HEREBY PROCLAIM THE FOLLOWING EXECUTIVE ORDER EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY:

A. Established. There is a Maryland Child Care Subsidy Coordinating Council convening on a regular basis for the purpose of developing, evaluating, and coordinating the administration of all State child care subsidy or voucher programs, including the Child Care Subsidy Program (commonly known as the Purchase of Care program) which is within the Maryland State Department of Education.

(1) Membership. The Council shall consist of the following members:

(a) The Executive Director of the Governor’s Office for Children;

(b) The following representatives from the Maryland State Department of Education:

(i) The State Superintendent of Schools;

(ii) The Director of the Office of Child Care;

(iii) The Assistant Superintendent for Finance; and

(iv) The Chief of the Office of Information Technology.

(c) The following representatives of the Department of Human Resources:

(i) The Secretary of Human Resources;

(ii) The Executive Director for Family Investment;

(iii) The Chief Financial Officer; and

(iv) The Chief Information Officer.

(2) The Executive Director of the Governor’s Office for Children shall chair the Council and shall be responsible for the oversight, direction, and accountability of the work of the Council.

(3) The Maryland State Department of Education and the Maryland Department of Human Resources shall provide the primary staff support necessary for the completion of the Council’s duties.

(4) The Council shall consult with other State departments and agencies as needed and as appropriate. All Executive departments and agencies shall cooperate with this Council.

(5) Appropriate funding for the implementation of this Executive Order shall be apportioned among the existing budgets of affected Executive departments and agencies.

(6) The Council shall meet at least once every calendar quarter.

(7) The Chair may establish subcommittees as needed to carry out the work of the Council.

B. Purpose. The Council shall have the following objectives:

(1) To develop a comprehensive, coordinated, and collaborative approach for the use of State and federal resources to assist low–income families to secure child care through the Child Care  Subsidy Program;

(2) To ensure the State meets all standards and requirements associated with federal funds expended on, by, or through the Child Care Subsidy Program, including but not limited to universal engagement and work force participation rates of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program;

(3) To increase access by low–income families receiving child care subsidies to quality early care and education programs, thereby increasing the probability that their children are entering school ready to learn;

(4) To promote the ongoing viability of the Child Care Subsidy Program and thereby maintain access to the program for low–income families; and

(5) To ensure that the Child Care Subsidy Program continues to promote the transition of low–income families from public assistance to economic independence.

C. Duties. The Council shall carry out the following duties and responsibilities in meeting its objectives:

(1) Oversee and govern the development and implementation of policies, procedures, and practices for the operation of the Child Care Subsidy Program pursuant to the stated objectives of the Council;

(2) Oversee and govern the budget and fiscal management for the Child Care Subsidy Program, including establishing budget and funding priorities;

(3) Develop a Child Care Subsidy Program three–year improvement plan, which shall set benchmarks, identify resources and funding, and establish timelines for the improvement of the sustainability, accessibility, quality, and accountability of the Child Care Subsidy Program;

(4) Perform a comprehensive evaluation to determine the enrollment patterns of young children from the Child Care Subsidy Program clients in other State and local programs; and

(5) Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Governor.

D. Reports. The Council shall report to the Governor by October 1, 2006 and annually thereafter.

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EXECUTIVE ORDER OF MARCH 24, 2006

01.01.2006.03

Governor’s Office for Children – Children’s Cabinet – Advisory Council for Children (Amends Executive Order 01.01.2005.34)

WHEREAS, The Governor’s Office for Children has met with local management boards, members of the Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, advocates, parents, State agency representatives, members of the Children’s Cabinet, and other individuals;

WHEREAS, The expansion of the Advisory Council for Children to include representation from all interested groups is recommended;

WHEREAS, It was determined that this recommendation serves the purpose of improving the Advisory Council’s role and function of making recommendations for integrated children and family programs and coordinating State programs with those operated by local governments, Local Management Boards, and private groups; and

WHEREAS, It is appropriate to amend Executive Order 01.01.2005.34 to make this change.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, ROBERT L. EHRLICH, JR., GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OFMARYLAND, BY VIRTUE OF THE AUTHORITY VESTED IN ME BY THE CONSTITUTION AND LAWS OFMARYLAND, HEREBY AMEND EXECUTIVE ORDER 01.01.2005.34 AND PROCLAIM THE FOLLOWING EXECUTIVE ORDER, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY:

A. Definition. In this Executive  Order, “Local Management Board” means an entity established by a local subdivision, consisting of members that include, but are not limited to, representatives from the Department of Juvenile Services, the local department of social services, the local health department, the Developmental Disabilities Administration of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the local core services agency, which has been certified by the Chairperson of the Children’s Cabinet.

B. The Governor’s Office for Children is hereby established as a separate agency within the Executive Department to provide a coordinated, comprehensive, interagency approach to the development of a continuum of care that is family– and child–oriented and that emphasizes prevention, early intervention, and community–based services for all children and families with special attention to at–risk populations.

(1) The Office shall be managed by an Executive Director who shall be primarily responsible for developing and coordinating the delivery of interagency State government services to children and families. The Executive Director shall be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Governor.

(2) Staffing. The Governor’s Office for Children shall be comprised of professional staff appointed by the Governor and by professional staff liaisons from State agencies.

(3) Duties. The Office shall:

(a) Inform and support the collective and specific work of the Children’s Cabinet;

(b) Promote values, policies, and practices that continually advance the well–being ofMaryland’s children and families;

(c) Partner with Local Management Boards to plan, coordinate, and monitor the delivery of integrated services along the full continuum of care and oversee the use of Children’s Cabinet Interagency funds in accordance with policies and procedures established by the Children’s Cabinet; and

(d) Assist the Children’s Cabinet in the allocation of any funds assigned to the Children’s Cabinet for distribution as grants to any State agency, local government or organization, Local Management Board, or private organization.

(4)AllStatedepartments, agencies, commissions, and boards are authorized and directed to cooperate with the Governor’s Office for Children in implementing the provisions of this Executive Order.

(5) This Executive Order shall not be construed to alter existing authorities of any executive agency or department, or the designation of any agency to act for purposes of federal law, except that all executive departments and agencies are directed to assist the Governor’s Office for Children in carrying out the purposes of this Executive Order.

(6) Reports. The Governor’s Office for Children shall report to the Governor annually on the status of children inMarylandand the efforts to meet the policy goals of the State for services to children and families.

C. The Children’s Cabinet is hereby established for the purpose of convening on a regular basis to develop and implement coordinated State policies to improve the health and welfare of children and families.

(1) Membership and Procedures.

(a) The Cabinet shall consist of:

(i) The Secretary of Budget and Management;

(ii) The Secretary of Disabilities;

(iii) The Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene;

(iv) The Secretary of Human Resources;

(v) The Secretary of Juvenile Services;

(vi) The State Superintendent of Schools; and

(vii) The Executive Director of the Governor’s Office for Children, who shall serve as Chairperson and be responsible for the administration and operation of the Children’s Cabinet.

(b) The Children’s Cabinet shall meet at the call of the Chairperson, no less than six times per year.

(c) The Governor’s Office for Children shall provide staff to the Children’s Cabinet as necessary.

(2) Duties and Responsibilities. The Children’s Cabinet shall:

(a) Promote the vision of the State for a stable, safe, and healthy environment for children and families;

(b) Provide a regular forum for State agencies responsible for implementing the vision of the State to meet and develop coordinated policy recommendations for the Governor;

(c) Prepare and annually update a 3–year Plan establishing priorities and strategies for the coordinated delivery of State interagency services for children and families. The Plan should include best practices for implementation of systems of care that are child centered and family focused, based on individual strengths and needs, and focused on providing such services in

the least restrictive setting. This Plan, and all updates, shall be coordinated with any other approved State plans relating to services for children and families; and

(d) Establish a committee to perform the functions of the State Coordinating Council, as provided in State regulations.

(3) Reports. The Children’s Cabinet shall submit the State 3–year Plan for children and families to the Governor on or before October 1, 2006.

D. The Children’s Cabinet Interagency Fund (the Fund) is hereby established to replace the Subcabinet for Children, Youth, and Families Resource Fund.

(1) The Fund consists of:

(a) Moneys appropriated, transferred, credited, or paid into the Fund from any source; and

(b) Federal grants or allocations accepted for the benefit of the Fund.

(2) Except as otherwise provided by law, at the end of each fiscal year, the unspent balance of the Fund shall revert to the general fund of the State.

(3) The Department of Education shall be the fiscal agent for the Fund.

(4) Expenditures from the Fund shall:

(a) Be made to local subdivisions that have Local Management Boards;

(b) Reflect the priorities set forth in the State 3–year Plan; and

(c) Be made by the Children’s Cabinet in accordance with those priorities.

(5) The Children’s Cabinet shall review and approve applications for grants from the Fund and ensure that all programs funded by the Fund are implemented in accordance with the State 3–year Plan and policies and procedures adopted in accordance with this Executive Order.

E. The Advisory Council for Children is hereby established.

(1) Membership and Procedures.

(a) The Advisory Council shall consist of [not more than 11 voting members appointed by the Governor from among the geographic regions of the State.] UP TO 15 VOTING MEMBERS INCLUDING:

(I) THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE GOVERNOR’S  OFFICE FOR CHILDREN, WHO SHALL SERVE AS CHAIRPERSON;

(II) THE SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DISABILITIES, OR DESIGNEE;

(III) THE SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES, OR DESIGNEE;

(IV) THE SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUVENILE SERVICES, OR DESIGNEE;

(V) THE DIRECTOR OF A LOCAL DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES, DESIGNATED BY THE SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES;

(VI) THE SENATE AND HOUSE COCHAIRS OF THE MARYLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY JOINT COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILIES SUBJECT TO THE  CONCURRENCE OF THE RESPECTIVE PRESIDING OFFICERS; AND

(VII) UP TO 8 MEMBERS APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR TO INCLUDE A LOCAL MANAGEMENT BOARD REPRESENTATIVE, A PARENT, AND MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC WITH INTEREST, KNOWLEDGE, OR EXPERTISE IN CHILDREN’S SERVICES.

(b) The voting members of the Advisory Council may include representatives of organizations of parents, nonprofit organizations with interest inMarylandchildren and family issues, local organizations, and individuals who may have interest or expertise in Statewide and community–based education, health care, or other child and family services.

(c) At least one member shall be a parent of a disabled child with intensive needs.

(d) The Governor shall designate a Chairperson from among the members of the Advisory Council.]

[(e)] (B) With the consent of the Advisory Council, the Chairperson may designate additional individuals, including interested citizens, elected officials, educators, or specialists with relevant experience to serve as nonvoting members of any subcommittee or workgroup of the Advisory Council.

[(f)] (C) The members of the Advisory Council shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor.

[(g)] (D) [The term of a member is 3 years, which shall be staggered from initial appointment.] MEMBERS SERVING UNDER E(1)(A)(I) THROUGH (VI) SHALL SERVE SO LONG AS THEY HOLD THE OFFICE OF DESIGNATION SPECIFIED IN THE EXECUTIVE ORDER. MEMBERS APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR UNDER E(1)(A)(VII) SHALL SERVE AT HIS PLEASURE FOR STAGGERED, 3–YEAR TERMS AND MAY NOT SERVE MORE THAN TWO CONSECUTIVE TERMS.

[(h) A member of the Advisory Council may be reappointed, but may not serve more than two consecutive terms.]

[(i)] (E) Members of the Advisory Council may not receive any compensation for services, but may receive reimbursement for reasonable travel expenses in accordance with the Standard State Travel Regulations and as provided in the State budget.

[(j)] (F) The Advisory Council shall meet at least six times per year.

[(k)] (G) A majority of the members of the Advisory Council shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of any business. The Advisory Council may adopt such other procedures, including the creation of subcommittees or work groups, as may be necessary to ensure the orderly  transaction of business.

(2) Duties and Responsibilities. The Advisory Council shall make recommendations to the Children’s Cabinet on methods for meeting the policy and program goals of the State for integrated children and family programs and coordinating State programs with those operated by local governments, Local Management Boards, and private groups.

F. Local Coordinating Councils are hereby established in Baltimore City and each county in the State. The Councils shall have such duties and responsibilities as may be assigned by the Children’s Cabinet or by regulation.

(1) Membership. Each Local Coordinating Council shall consist of a representative from:

(a) The Department of Juvenile Services;

(b) The Developmental Disabilities Administration of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene;

(c) The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene;

(d) The local health department;

(e) The local department of social services;

(f) The local office of the Division of Rehabilitation Services of the Department of Education;

(g) The local management board for the subdivision;

(h) The local Core Service Agency, as designated under Title 10, Subtitle 12 of the Health – General Article; and

(i) A parent, parent advocate, or both, appointed by the Chairperson of the Local Coordinating Council.

(2) An individual recommended by the local Board of Education may be appointed by the Chairperson.

(3) The Local Coordinating Council shall select a Chairperson from among its members.

(4) Local Coordinating Councils shall be part of the Local Management Boards for administrative, staffing, and budgetary purposes, but shall be independent of the Local Management Board in their review and recommendations regarding individual plans of care.

G. (1) The agencies of the Children’s Cabinet shall establish regulations as necessary to implement this Executive Order.

(2) Each agency of the Children’s Cabinet shall take immediate measures to adopt the provisions of COMAR Title 1, Subtitle 4 as its agency’s regulations, to the extent practicable.

H. Except as otherwise provided by law or this Executive Order, all existing policies and procedures, contracts, property, and other duties and responsibilities associated with the Subcabinet for Children, Youth, and Families and the Governor’s Office of Children, Youth, and Families shall continue in effect under the Children’s Cabinet and the Governor’s Office for Children, respectively, unless completed, withdrawn, cancelled, or modified or otherwise changed pursuant to law.

WHEREAS, Protection ofMaryland’s families and children from sexual predators is one of the highest duties of the State;

WHEREAS, The current State sexual offender laws are in need of revision to increase

registration requirements and supervision of sexual offenders as well as enhance punishment for sexual offenses committed against our young children;

WHEREAS, The 2006 regular session of the General Assembly failed to enact any legislation to crack down on child sexual offenders and other sexual predators; and

WHEREAS, Maryland’s families and children should not have to wait until the 2007 regular session of the General Assembly for stricter laws that would address the risks created by these offenders;

NOW THEREFORE, I, ROBERT L. EHRLICH, JR., GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MARYLAND, BY VIRTUE OF THE AUTHORITY VESTED IN ME BY ARTICLE II, SECTION 16 OF THE MARYLAND CONSTITUTION AND LAWS OF MARYLAND, HEREBY PROCLAIM AND CONVENE A SPECIAL AND EXTRAORDINARY SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF MARYLAND TO COMMENCE ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14, 2006 IN THE STATE CAPITAL IN THE CITY OF ANNAPOLIS FOR THE PURPOSE OF PASSING LEGISLATION TO MITIGATE THE EXPECTED INCREASE IN ELECTRICITY RATES AND FOR THE PURPOSE OF PASSING LEGISLATION TO PROTECT MARYLAND’S FAMILIES AND CHILDREN FROM SEXUAL PREDATORS.

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EXECUTIVE ORDER OF DECEMBER 7, 2006

01.01.2006.11

Maryland Forensic Sciences Advisory Board (Rescinds Executive Order 01.01.2000.04)

WHEREAS, Forensic science can be defined as the application of science to the law;

WHEREAS, In criminal cases, forensic science involves the examination of physical evidence related to the commission, or suspected commission, of a crime;

WHEREAS, The successful investigation and prosecution of many crimes require the collection, preservation, and forensic analysis of evidence and such analysis is often crucial to determinations of guilt or innocence;

WHEREAS, The public crime laboratories of Maryland, consisting of the Maryland State Police and local police agencies, perform this important work in thousands of criminal cases each year and there is a need to provide assistance to these separate agencies;

WHEREAS, The Maryland Statewide Forensic Sciences Task Force, pursuant to Executive Order 01.01.2000.04, issued a report that recommended the establishment of a continuing statewide advisory board to promote collaboration in the field of forensic sciences;

WHEREAS, The Task Force report identified responsibilities for statewide oversight to ensure that forensic sciences are conducted in Maryland under the highest quality control procedures using the most modern equipment and technology available and that Maryland’s laboratories pursue and maintain accreditation with the appropriate board or organization and be provided with available technical and financial assistance in that process;

WHEREAS, The Task Force report also addressed issues of employee retention and the need for the crime laboratories in the State to work cooperatively to promote compensation levels and training opportunities that attract and keep the most qualified employees who perform their work in accordance with the highest ethical standards; and

WHEREAS, There is a need for a State Forensic Sciences Advisory Board to promote collaboration and cooperation among all the crime laboratories in the State to accomplish these goals.

NOW, THEREFORE I, ROBERT L. EHRLICH, JR., GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OFMARYLAND, BY VIRTUE OF THE AUTHORITY VESTED IN ME BY THE CONSTITUTION AND LAWS OFMARYLAND, HEREBY RESCIND EXECUTIVE ORDER 01.01.2000.04 AND PROCLAIM THE FOLLOWING EXECUTIVE ORDER, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY:

A. Established. There is a Maryland State Forensic Sciences Advisory Board.

B. Membership. The Board shall consist of up to 15 voting members, including:

(1) The Secretary of the Department of State Police, or a designee;

(2) The Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention, or a designee;

(3) The Director of the Forensic Sciences Division of the Maryland State Police, or a designee;

(4) The State Chief Medical Examiner, or a designee;

(5) The Director of the Crime Laboratory of the Anne Arundel County Police Department, or a designee;

(6) The Director of the Crime Laboratory of the Baltimore City Police Department, or a designee;

(7) The Director of the Crime Laboratory of the Baltimore County Police Department, or a designee;

(8) The Director of the Crime Laboratory of the Montgomery County Police Department, or a designee;

(9) The Director of the Crime Laboratory of thePrince George’s County Police Department, or a designee;

(10) The Director of the Crime Laboratory of the Police Department of the City ofHagerstown, or a designee; and

(11) Up to five members with relevant interest or expertise appointed by the Governor and who serve at the pleasure of the Governor.

C. Procedures.

(1) The Governor shall designate the chairperson of the Board.

(2) Members of the Board may not receive any compensation for their services, but may be reimbursed for reasonable expenses incurred in the performance of their duties, in accordance with the Standard State Travel Regulations, and as provided in the State budget.

(3) A majority of the Board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of any business. The Board may adopt such other procedures as may be necessary to ensure the orderly transaction of business, including the creation of committees or task forces. The Chair may, with the consent of the Board, designate additional individuals with relevant experience or expertise to serve as nonvoting members of any committee or task force.

(4) The Board shall meet at least three times per year at such times and places as the Chair shall designate.

D. Duties. The Board shall have the following duties:

(1) To review the recommendations of the Maryland Statewide Forensic Sciences Task Force and make such modifications as the Board determines are necessary in light of changes in circumstances, technology, standards, or other factors the Board deems appropriate;

(2) To recommend to the Governor the method or process by which the State may assist in the implementation of those recommendations, any modifications thereto, and any additional improvements in the forensic services provided by crime laboratories in the State;

(3) To promote collaboration and coordination among its members in obtaining and maintaining accreditation with the appropriate board or organization;

(4) To promote cooperation among its members for employee retention and in determining adequate compensation levels for the various positions within these laboratories that will attract and keep the most qualified employees in Maryland;

(5) To identify training opportunities that will enhance the professional capabilities of laboratory employees and develop methods to encourage and reward participation in such training;

(6) To assist crime laboratories in obtaining the most modern technology that will improve efficiency, track evidence, manage custody of evidence, organize analytical data, and create reports necessary for court proceedings;

(7) To coordinate efforts by its members to seek technical and financial assistance from all appropriate sources in implementing the recommendations of the Board;

(8) To recommend the adoption and implementation of a Code of Ethics for employees of all crime laboratories in the State that will ensure that the highest level of integrity and professional standards are maintained in the performance of forensic sciences services;

(9) To increase collaboration and cooperation among all the crime laboratories in the State in order to ensure that all forensic services are conducted under the highest quality control procedures using the most modern technology; and

(10) To promote the general improvement of forensic sciences inMaryland.

E. Staffing. The Maryland State Police and the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention shall designate and provide primary staff support for the Board.

F. Reports. The Board shall issue an annual report to the Governor on June 30 of each calendar year detailing its activities and making recommendations in accordance with the provisions of this Executive Order.

ROBERT L. EHRLICH, Jr., Governor 2006

EXECUTIVE ORDERS INDEX — 2006

– A –

Aged SEE Elderly Persons

Agriculture —

Dairy Industry Oversight and Advisory Council,Maryland, established; annual report required ………… 01.01.2006.07 19

Governor’s Intergovernmental Commission for Agriculture, established; annual report required ……… 01.01.2006.06 16

Annual Reports SEE Reports

– B –

BaltimoreCity–

Baltimore Red Line Community Advisory Council, established …………………………………………………………….. 01.01.2006.04 13

BaltimoreCounty–

Baltimore Red Line Community Advisory Council, established …………………………………………………………….. 01.01.2006.04 13

Battered Spouses SEE Domestic Violence

Boards SEE Committees and Commissions

– C –

Child Care —

Child Care Subsidy Coordinating Council,Maryland, established; annual report required ………………………… 01.01.2006.02 4

Children, Governor’s Office for —

Children, Advisory Council for, membership and term of office of members, provisions altered ………………………. 01.01.2006.03 7

Youth Council,Maryland, established ………………………… 01.01.2006.10 28

Children SEE Minors

Commissions SEE Committees and Commissions

Committees and Commissions —

Agriculture, Governor’s Intergovernmental Commission for, established; annual report required …………………… 01.01.2006.06 16

Baltimore Red Line Community Advisory Council, established …………………………………………………………….. 01.01.2006.04 13

Child Care Subsidy Coordinating Council,Maryland, established; annual report required ………………………… 01.01.2006.02 4

Children, Advisory Council for, membership and term of office of members, provisions altered ………………………. 01.01.2006.03 7

Dairy Industry Oversight and Advisory Council,Maryland, established; annual report required ………… 01.01.2006.07 19

Family Violence Prevention, Governor’s Council on, established within the Governor’s Office of Crime

Control and Prevention; annual report required ………. 01.01.2006.01 1

Forensic Sciences Advisory Board,MarylandState, established and annual report required; Forensic Sciences Task Force, provisions rescinded ……………….. 01.01.2006.11 30

Human Services Transportation, State Coordinating Committee for, established; annual report required …. 01.01.2006.09 25

Pandemic Influenza Coordinating Committee,Maryland, established; reports required ………………………………….. 01.01.2006.08 21

Youth Council,Maryland, established ………………………… 01.01.2006.10 28

Costs SEE Prices

Councils SEE Committees and Commissions

Crimes and Punishments —

Forensic Sciences Advisory Board,MarylandState, established and annual report required; Forensic Sciences Task Force, provisions rescinded ……………….. 01.01.2006.11 30

Special Session to mitigate the expected increase in electricity rates and to protect against sexual predators, proclamation to convene on June 14, 2006 . 01.01.2006.05 15

– D –

Dairy Products SEE Milk Products

Day Care SEE Child Care

Disabilities —

Human Services Transportation, State Coordinating Committee for, established; annual report required …. 01.01.2006.09 25

Disabled Persons SEE Disabilities

Disasters SEE Emergencies

Diseases —

Pandemic Influenza Coordinating Committee,Maryland, established; reports required ………………………………….. 01.01.2006.08 21

Domestic Violence —

Family Violence Prevention, Governor’s Council on, established within the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention; annual report required ………. 01.01.2006.01 1

– E –

Elderly Persons —

Human Services Transportation, State Coordinating Committee for, established; annual report required …. 01.01.2006.09 25

Electric Companies SEE Utilities

Emergencies —

Human Services Transportation, State Coordinating Committee for, established; annual report required …. 01.01.2006.09 25

Pandemic Influenza Coordinating Committee,Maryland, established; reports required ………………………………….. 01.01.2006.08 21

Evidence —

Forensic Sciences Advisory Board,MarylandState, established and annual report required; Forensic Sciences Task Force, provisions rescinded ……………….. 01.01.2006.11 30

Family Law —

Children, Advisory Council for, membership and term of office of members, provisions altered ………………………. 01.01.2006.03 7

Farmers SEE Agriculture

– G –

General Assembly — Special Session to mitigate the expected increase in electricity rates and to protect against sexual predators, proclamation to convene on June 14, 2006 . 01.01.2006.05 15

– H –

Handicapped Persons SEE Disabilities

Health — Pandemic Influenza Coordinating Committee,Maryland, established; reports required ………………………………….. 01.01.2006.08 21

House of Delegates SEE General Assembly

– L –

Laboratories —

Forensic Sciences Advisory Board,MarylandState, established and annual report required; Forensic

Sciences Task Force, provisions rescinded ……………….. 01.01.2006.11 30

Legislature SEE General Assembly Light Rail SEE Mass Transit

– M –

Mass Transit —

Baltimore Red Line Community Advisory Council, established …………………………………………………………….. 01.01.2006.04 13

Metro SEE Mass Transit

Milk Products —

Dairy Industry Oversight and Advisory Council,Maryland, established; annual report required ………… 01.01.2006.07 19

Children, Advisory Council for, membership and term of office of members, provisions altered ………………………. 01.01.2006.03 7

Youth Council,Maryland, established ………………………… 01.01.2006.10 28

– P –

Parent and Child SEE Family Law

Prices —

Special Session to mitigate the expected increase in electricity rates and to protect against sexual

predators, proclamation to convene on June 14, 2006 . 01.01.2006.05 15

Public Utilities SEE Utilities

– R –

Rape SEE Sexual Offenses

Rates SEE Prices

Reports —

Agriculture, Governor’s Intergovernmental Commission for, established; annual report required …………………… 01.01.2006.06 16

Child Care Subsidy Coordinating Council,Maryland, established; annual report required ………………………… 01.01.2006.02 4

Dairy Industry Oversight and Advisory Council,Maryland, established; annual report required ………… 01.01.2006.07 19

Family Violence Prevention, Governor’s Council on, established within the Governor’s Office of Crime

Control and Prevention; annual report required ………. 01.01.2006.01 1

Forensic Sciences Advisory Board,MarylandState, established and annual report required; Forensic

Sciences Task Force, provisions rescinded ……………….. 01.01.2006.11 30

Human Services Transportation, State Coordinating Committee for, established; annual report required …. 01.01.2006.09 25

Pandemic Influenza Coordinating Committee,Maryland, established; reports required ………………………………….. 01.01.2006.08 21

– S –

Senate SEE General Assembly

Senior Citizens SEE Elderly Persons

Sexual Offenses —

Special Session to mitigate the expected increase in electricity rates and to protect against sexual

predators, proclamation to convene on June 14, 2006 . 01.01.2006.05 15

Social Services —

Child Care Subsidy Coordinating Council,Maryland, established; annual report required ………………………… 01.01.2006.02 4

Spousal Abuse SEE Domestic Violence

Subways SEE Mass Transit

Task Forces SEE Committees and Commissions Transportation –BaltimoreRed Line Community Advisory Council, established …………………………………………………………….. 01.01.2006.04 13

Human Services Transportation, State Coordinating Committee for, established; annual report required …. 01.01.2006.09 25

– U –

Utilities —

Special Session to mitigate the expected increase in electricity rates and to protect against sexual predators, proclamation to convene on June 14, 2006 . 01.01.2006.05 15

– V –

Violence SEE Domestic Violence

– Y –

Youth —

Youth Council,Maryland, established ………………………… 01.01.2006.10 28

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