Scheuermann has written to Luke Martland, director and chief counsel of the Office of Legislative Council, the team that serves as the lawyers and support staff for lawmakers, to gather information about the extent of off-session meetings and the associated costs.
The panel received an overview Thursday from Luke Martland, director of the Office of Legislative Council, on the policies at the Department for Children and Families, statutes on sharing information, confidentiality issues and substance abuse.
Martland said statutes have created a system in which the default position is to consider all child abuse cases confidential.
"There has to be an exception for information to be shared," he said.
Others who report abuse, such as family or neighbors, are not entitled to any information about whether DCF is taking action, Martland said.
He said DCF also has a policy that matches the statute.
But testimony heard during the panel's months of hearings shows that in some cases mandated reporters "received little information and if they did get that information it was weeks and months later," he said.
"They can fully share information if they're within that cone of confidentiality, but they cannot disseminate that information outside," Martland said.
Sen. Richard Sears, D-Bennington, co-chairman of the special panel and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he supports changing the law to ensure better communication.
But DCF will need to follow the changes, he said.
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Representative Alison Clarkson, chair of the Legislative Council Committee, today announced the hiring of Luke Martland as the next Director and Chief Counsel of the Vermont Legislative Council.
Martland has a decade of experience in New York state government, including leadership roles within the offices of the Attorney General and the Governor.
"We are thrilled to have Luke join Legislative Council," said Rep.
We look forward to working with Luke in his new role."
As the head of the Vermont Legislative Council, Martland will oversee 52 full-time and session-only non-partisan legal, editorial, IT, and support staff.
The position also requires Martland to make drafting assignments, provide legal advice to members, coordinate with other legislative offices, and act as the office's spokesperson.
"Vermont's citizen legislature is a gem in the American political process.
The opportunity to work with such devoted citizen legislators and such a capable and enthusiastic non-partisan staff does not come often," Martland said.
"I am very grateful to have been offered this job, and very eager to get started."
Martland is a graduate of Princeton University and Brooklyn Law School and has an extensive background in the fields of law and state government.He has served as Assistant Counsel to the Governor in New York, where he drafted legislation, executive orders and reviewed and approved regulations.Prior to his stint in the Governor's Office, Martland was the first director of the Office of Sex Offender Management in the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.He has also served in roles as Section Chief and Assistant Attorney General in the New York State Attorney General's office, and was an Assistant District Attorney in New York City.Martland has long had ties to Vermont.
His family has owned a farm in Barnet for over 40 years.
His first day on the job will be October 11th.
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Luke, 25, not his real name, explained: "I spent my childhood between the age of three and
Luke said he recently encountered a situation which made him realise just how much the programme has helped him.
He added: "A man who worked in a position that brought him into contact with vulnerable young people made an inappropriate sexual advance to me.
Luke Martland, chief of the Legislative Council, the Legislature's research and bill-drafting staff, told lawmakers the legislative language was designed to hold accountable those who know of but fail to report child abuse.He also said there are cases in which one family member is reticent to provide information against another.
The possibility of a 10-year felony charge "may provide an inducement for them to cooperate in the investigation," Martland said.
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