2021 - 2022 LEGISLATURE
June 25, 2021 - Introduced by Joint Legislative Council. Referred to Committee
on Children and Families.
AB424,1,4 1An Act to create 48.47 (9) of the statutes; relating to: requiring the
2transmission of citizen review panel annual reports and the written responses
3of the Department of Children and Families to the appropriate legislative
4standing committees.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill is explained in the Notes provided by the Joint Legislative Council in
the bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
Joint Legislative Council prefatory note: This bill was prepared for the Joint
Legislative Council's Study Committee on Public Disclosure and Oversight of Child
Abuse and Neglect Incidents.
The federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) generally
requires states to establish at least three citizen review panels in order to receive CAPTA
grant funds. Pursuant to this requirement, eight citizen review panels currently exist
in Wisconsin. CAPTA requires that each citizen review panel report annually and
provide a summary of the activities of the panel and recommendations to improve the
child protection services systems at the state and local levels. In addition, within six
months of the date on which the report is submitted, the Department of Children and

Families (DCF) must submit a written response to the citizen review panel that describes
whether or how the state will incorporate the panel's recommendations, where
appropriate, to make measurable progress in improving the state and local child
protective systems.
The Bill
The bill requires DCF to transmit to the appropriate legislative standing
committees the annual reports from citizen review panels and DCF's written responses
to those reports.
AB424,1 1Section 1. 48.47 (9) of the statutes is created to read:
AB424,2,62 48.47 (9) Citizen review panels. Transmit to the appropriate standing
3committees of the legislature under s. 13.172 (3) any annual report sent to the
4department from a citizen review panel established or designated by the department
5or a county department, and any written response provided by the department to a
6citizen review panel.
AB424,2 7Section 2. Effective date.
AB424,2,88 (1) This act takes effect on the first January 1 after publication.
Note: This Section specifies that the bill takes effect on the first January after the
bill is enacted and published.
AB424,2,99 (End)