71-3406. State Child and Maternal Death Review Team; core members; terms; chairperson; not considered public body; meetings; expenses.

(1) The chief executive officer of the Department of Health and Human Services shall appoint a minimum of twelve and a maximum of fifteen members to the State Child and Maternal Death Review Team. The core members shall be (a) a physician employed by the department, who shall be a permanent member and shall serve as the chairperson of the team, (b) a senior staff member with child protective services of the department, (c) a forensic pathologist, (d) a law enforcement representative, (e) the Inspector General of Nebraska Child Welfare, and (f) an attorney. The remaining members appointed may be, but shall not be limited to, the following: A county attorney; a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent responsible for investigations on Native American reservations; a social worker; and members of organizations which represent hospitals or physicians. The department shall be responsible for the general administration of the activities of the team and shall employ or contract with a team coordinator to provide administrative support for the team.

(2) Members shall serve four-year terms with the exception of the chairperson. In the absence of the chairperson, the chief executive officer may appoint another member of the core team to serve as chairperson.

(3) The team shall not be considered a public body for purposes of the Open Meetings Act. The team shall meet a minimum of four times a year. Members of the team shall be reimbursed for their actual and necessary expenses as provided in sections 81-1174 to 81-1177.

Source:Laws 1993, LB 431, § 3; Laws 1996, LB 1044, § 648; Laws 1997, LB 307, § 187; Laws 1998, LB 1073, § 125; Laws 2003, LB 467, § 1; Laws 2004, LB 821, § 17; Laws 2007, LB296, § 563; Laws 2013, LB269, § 12; Laws 2013, LB361, § 3.

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