(a) There is hereby created the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act Task Force for the purpose of reviewing the act and addressing the following:
(1) The value of the Child Abuse Central Index in protecting children.
(2) Changes needed with respect to the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act, including but not limited to, the operation of the Child Abuse Central Index.
(b) The task force shall be chaired by a designee of the Attorney General.
(c) The members of the task force shall serve at the pleasure of their respective appointing authority, without compensation, except for reimbursement of necessary expenses. The task force shall be composed of the following representatives:
(1) One representative of the Department of Justice, in addition to the chairperson.
(2) One representative of the State Department of Social Services.
(3) One representative of the County Welfare Directors' Association.
(4) One representative of the California State Child Death Review Council.
(5) Two representatives of local law enforcement, one selected by the California State Sheriffs' Association and one selected by the California Police Chiefs' Association.
(6) One representative of the Judicial Council.
(7) Two representatives of the State Bar of California, one of whom practices criminal defense and one of whom represents children in criminal and civil proceedings.
(8) Two representatives of recognized organizations involved in privacy advocacy, civil liberties advocacy, or legal aid, one of whom is appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly and one of whom is appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules.
(9) Two members of the public, one of whom is appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly and one of whom is appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules.
(10) Two representatives appointed by the Governor.
(d) The Department of Justice shall provide staff and support for the task force.
(e) The task force shall meet at least once every two months. Subcommittees may be formed and meet as necessary. All meetings shall be open to the public.
(f) On or before January 1, 2004, the task force shall report its findings and recommendations to the Governor, the Attorney General, the Speaker of the Assembly, and the Senate Committee on Rules. At the request of any member, the report may include minority findings and recommendations.
(g) This section shall become inoperative on March 1, 2004, and is repealed as of January 1, 2005, unless a later enacted statute, that becomes operative before January 1, 2005, deletes or extends that date.
(Amended by Stats. 2004 and renumbered from 11174.4, Ch. 842, Sec. 23.)