STATE OF MINNESOTA FORTY-EIGHTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-FIFTH SESSION
COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Representative Patti Fritz, Vice-Chair of the Committee, called the meeting to order at 10:06 A.M. on Tuesday, April 29, 2008 in Room 5 of the State Office Building.
The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.
THISSEN, Paul (Chair)
FRITZ, Patti (Vice-Chair)
ABELER, Jim FINSTAD, Brad
ANDERSON, Bruce OTREMBA, Mary Ellen
BROD, Laura THAO, Cy
A quorum was present at 10:20 A.M.
Rep. Loeffler moved that the minutes of April 22, 2008 be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.
Informational hearing on child welfare
Overview of the over-representation of African American children: why the legislation was created in 2001 and where we are today:
Marquita Stephens, African American Adoption
Chair Thissen assumed the gavel at 10:27 A.M.
The results of the 2002 African American Disparities Report and what the African American Disparities Committee has been working on since then:
Erin Sullivan Sutton, Director, Child Safety and Permanency, Department of Human Services
Vice-Chair Fritz assumed the gavel at 11:23 A.M.
Where to go from here:
Irene Opsahl, Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN
Lynn Lewis, Area Manager, Child Protection Services, Hennepin County
Cindy Cesare, Anoka County Human Services
Rep. Loeffler assumed the gavel at 11:39 A.M.
Vice-Chair Fritz assumed the gavel at 11:41 A.M.
The meeting was adjourned at 11:55 A.M.
Rep. Paul Thissen, CHAIR
Committee Legislative Assistant