An Act To Amend the Law Regarding the Execution of Temporary Powers of Attorney
Sec. 1. 18-A MRSA §5-104, sub-§(c), ¶(4), as enacted by PL 2015, c. 467, §2, is amended to read:
(i) A screening for child and adult abuse, neglect or exploitation cases in the records of the Department of Health and Human Services; and
(ii) A criminal history record check that includes information obtained from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The organization shall maintain records on the training and background checks of agents, including the content and dates of training and full transcripts of background checks, for a period of not less than 5 years after the minor attains 18 years of age. The organization shall make the records available to a parent or guardian executing a power of attorney under this subsection and to the ombudsman under Title 22, section 4087-A and any local, state or federal authority conducting an investigation involving the agent, the parent or guardian or the minor.
Under current law, nonprofit legal services providers whose primary purpose is to provide free legal services are exempt from the requirement that organizations that assist parents or guardians with the process of executing a power of attorney for the temporary care of a minor ensure that a background check is completed for the agent and any adult members of the agent's household. This bill extends that exemption to nonprofit hospitals.