SB 8 - This act creates the "Children's Environmental Health and Protection Advisory Council" within the Department of Health and Senior Services. The Council will consist of eighteen members, who will be appointed by February 1, 2005. Meetings must be held at least six times a year or at the call of the chairperson or nine members of the Council. The duties of the Council shall include:
-Holding public hearings to gather information relating to the environmental health and protection of children;
-Analyzing statutes, rules, and regulations;
-Making recommendations on regulations that would minimize any negative impact on children's health;
-Reviewing current policies and proposed regulations pertaining to the exposure of children to environmental hazards;
-Gathering and disseminating information on how to reduce, treat, and eliminate a child's exposure to environmental hazards;
-Creating educational programs for parents, guardians, and caregivers; and
-Preparing an annual report to deliver to the Speaker, Pro Tem, and Governor by February 1st of each year.
Members of the Council will serve without compensation but may be reimbursed for any expenses incurred. The Department of Health will provide administrative support and current staff to the Council as deemed necessary. Subject to appropriations, the Council may employ consultants.