§ 4013. Maine Commission on Domestic and Sexual Abuse
There is created the Maine Commission on Domestic and Sexual Abuse, as established by Title 5, section 12004-I, subsection 74-C, referred to in this section as the “commission.”
1. Composition; chair. The commission is composed as follows.
A. The Governor shall name the chair from among the following members:
(1) Two members, appointed by the Governor, who are representatives of the statewide coalition of domestic violence projects;
(1-A) Two members, appointed by the Governor, who are representatives of the statewide coalition of sexual assault centers;
(2) One member, appointed by the Governor, who is a representative of the mental health profession;
(3) One member, appointed by the Governor, who is a representative of victims of domestic violence;
(3-A) One member, appointed by the Governor, who is a representative of victims of sexual assault;
(4) Two members, appointed by the Governor, one of whom has experience representing victims of domestic abuse, who are attorneys with experience in domestic relations cases;
(5) One member, appointed by the Governor, who was a victim of domestic abuse and used the court system;
(5-A) One member, appointed by the Governor, who was a victim of sexual assault and used the court system;
(6) One member, appointed by the Governor, who is a district attorney or assistant district attorney;
(7) One member, appointed by the Governor, who is chief of a municipal police department;
(8) One member, appointed by the Governor, who is a county sheriff;
(8-A) One member, appointed by the Governor, who is the statewide coordinator of a statewide coalition to end domestic violence;
(8-B) One member, appointed by the Governor, who is the executive director of a statewide coalition against sexual assault;
(8-C) The Attorney General or the Attorney General’s designee;
(8-D) The Chief of the Maine State Police or the chief’s designee;
(9) The Commissioner of Public Safety or the commissioner’s designee;
(9-A) The Commissioner of Health and Human Services or the commissioner’s designee;
(9-B) Deleted. Laws 2005, c. 397, § A-14;
(9-C) The Commissioner of Education or the commissioner’s designee;
(9-D) The Commissioner of Labor or the commissioner’s designee;
(9-E) The Commissioner of Corrections or the commissioner’s designee;
(9-F) One member, appointed by the Governor, who has experience working in batterers’ intervention programs;
(10) Up to 6 members-at-large, appointed by the Governor;
(11) Up to 4 members, appointed by the Governor, representing underserved populations; and
(12) One member, appointed by the Governor, who is a tribal member and provides services through a tribal program to tribal members who are victims of domestic or sexual violence.
B. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court is requested to appoint one person to serve the commission in an advisory capacity.
2. Terms of office. The members serve 3-year terms.
3. Powers and duties. The commission shall advise and assist the executive, legislative and judicial branches of State Government on issues related to domestic and sexual abuse. The commission may make recommendations on legislative and policy actions, including training of the various law enforcement officers, prosecutors and judicial officers responsible for enforcing and carrying out the provisions of this chapter, and may undertake research development and program initiatives consistent with this section. The entire commission shall meet at least 2 times a year. Subcommittees of the commission may meet as necessary. The commission may accept funds from the Federal Government, from a political subdivision of the State or from an individual, foundation or corporation and may expend these funds for purposes that are consistent with this subsection.
4. Domestic Abuse Homicide Review Panel. The commission shall establish the Domestic Abuse Homicide Review Panel, referred to in this subsection as the “panel,” to review the deaths of persons who are killed by family or household members as defined by section 4002.
A. The chair of the commission shall appoint members of the panel who have experience in providing services to victims of domestic and sexual abuse and shall include at least the following: the Chief Medical Examiner, a physician, a nurse, a law enforcement officer, the Commissioner of Health and Human Services, the Commissioner of Corrections, the Commissioner of Public Safety, a judge as assigned by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court, a representative of the Maine Prosecutors Association, an assistant attorney general responsible for the prosecution of homicide cases designated by the Attorney General, an assistant attorney general handling child protection cases designated by the Attorney General, a victim-witness advocate, a mental health service provider, a facilitator of a certified batterers’ intervention program under section 4014 and 3 persons designated by a statewide coalition for family crisis services. Members who are not state officials serve a 2-year term without compensation, except that of those initially appointed by the chair, 1/2 must be appointed for a one-year term.
B. The panel shall recommend to state and local agencies methods of improving the system for protecting persons from domestic and sexual abuse, including modifications of laws, rules, policies and procedures following completion of adjudication.
C. The panel shall collect and compile data related to domestic and sexual abuse, including data relating to deaths resulting from domestic abuse when the victim was pregnant at the time of death.
D. In any case subject to review by the panel, upon oral or written request of the panel, any person that possesses information or records that are necessary and relevant to a homicide review shall as soon as practicable provide the panel with the information and records. Persons disclosing or providing information or records upon the request of the panel are not criminally or civilly liable for disclosing or providing information or records in compliance with this paragraph.
E. The proceedings and records of the panel are confidential and are not subject to subpoena, discovery or introduction into evidence in a civil or criminal action. The commission shall disclose conclusions of the review panel upon request, but may not disclose information, records or data that are otherwise classified as confidential.
The commission shall submit a report on the panel’s activities, conclusions and recommendations to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over judiciary matters by January 30, 2002 and biennially thereafter.