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House Proceeding 03-03-10 on Mar 3rd, 2010 :: 0:57:15 to 1:04:05
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George Miller

0:57:13 to 0:57:35( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: step, as is the action prompted at the state and local level. let's not disregard the work of the state and local leaders. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california. mr. miller: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the argument against this legislation is that somehow 31 states have taken care of this problem and we al share the concern.

George Miller

0:57:15 to 1:04:05( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: George Miller

George Miller

0:57:36 to 0:57:57( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: the facts are that 31 sates -- states have not taken care of this problem. a number of states, it only gos to one particular population in that school, in that setting, or to an age bracket or to just reporting, what have you. these are not laws designed to protect these children in this situation.

George Miller

0:57:58 to 0:58:19( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: illinois abcited, illinois is close to what you would like to see have happen. they spent a lot of effort to do that. in my own state we talk about the 14,000. we ask the person responsible for, they said we don't use the data. is that sufficient for the members of congress? california has, quote, addressed the problem?

George Miller

0:58:20 to 0:58:43( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: yes, they collect data theyry fuse to characterize or do anything else with. paige could have been in that data. she could have been one of those 14,000. so i think we have to understand, i appreciate there's a dference here about the approach. but does mr. -- but as mr. courtney pointed out in 1998 we

George Miller

0:58:44 to 0:59:05( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: had a national discussion -- an expose of many of the same behaviors going on today, it's 12 years later. and children are stil being abused. dramatically abused. restraint and seclusion is being dramatically misused. it's being used by people who don't -- who don't know what to

George Miller

0:59:06 to 0:59:27( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: do in that situation. they have not been trained. i find it interesting that the school boards who have to live with this problem on an everyday basis support this legislation. the classroom teachers who have to live with this on an everyday basis support this legislation. people who are on the frontlines want this legislation passed because it

George Miller

0:59:28 to 0:59:49( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: will bring them greater understanding, greater knowledge, greater skills and greater training to deal with these situations. understanding, yes, there are situations where in an emergency case, where there's a danger to the individual student or to others that this may be proper. but it also takes training to understand that and how you use it.

George Miller

0:59:50 to 1:00:10( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: i refuse to believe that was the 14,000 incidents in california that each of those was an emergency dangerous situation. they may say it's an emergency but in california they don't describe what an emergency is. so compliance with current law all across this country is not a big deal. it's not doing much for the families of these children, it's not doing much to protect

George Miller

1:00:11 to 1:00:31( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: these children. that's why we move. we move to minimum standards about taping children, mechanical restraint about children, about secluding young children in darkness for hours at a time, maybe repeatedly for days on end. should not be able to do that.

George Miller

1:00:32 to 1:00:52( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: do we understand, we've had other investigations where the simple withdrawal of water has killed children because of dehydration. so we ought not to withdraw water here. we ought not to withdraw food as a we ought not deny them the use of the bathroom facilities. we ought not have them in a situation where they're soiling

George Miller

1:00:53 to 1:01:13( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: themselves in front of their classmates, where they're humiliated, where circles are drawn around their chair and they sid in e classroom, tied down by duct tape. while they're pointed out by the teacher. these are 4, 5, 6-year-old kids. none of us would stand for this with our children or grarne, --

George Miller

1:01:14 to 1:01:35( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: grandchildren, not for a many. but many of these parents are never notified that this is happening to their children. many of the grandparents are never notified that this is happening to a child they're caring for. many of the foster parents are never notified that their children are in danger, in peril. think about it. just put the vision of your

George Miller

1:01:36 to 1:01:56( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: child, your grandchild, your next door neighbor child in this picture. you want to say, we've addressed it, the states have addressed it, there's no role for the federal government. who is going to step in and protect these children? they can't do it themselves.

George Miller

1:01:57 to 1:02:18( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: this may not be perfect, but we ought to take this step to put us on record that we're prepared to do something to end this practice. this abuse. this torture. of very young children. in many instances, children with disability, children who aren't able to communicate in an effective fashion. just think about that. think about your family.

George Miller

1:02:19 to 1:02:39( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: you don't have to take this to the abstract. these children cannot defend themselves against this practice. their parents can't speak for them if they don't know. these children can't control themselves if they're denied the use of a bathroom facility. that's what this legislation is

George Miller

1:02:40 to 1:03:01( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: about. it's about whether or not we're going to take this step, whether or not this step is important, and i do not believe you can nullify this by suggesting that somehow because 31 states have done something that this problem need not be addressed, need not have our attention. we cannot do this to these children and these families.

George Miller

1:03:02 to 1:03:22( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: i urge my colleagues to vote for this legislation. the speaker pro tempore: all time for debate on the bill as amended has expired. mr. miller: i have an amendment at the desk. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment printed in house report 111-425, offered

George Miller

1:03:23 to 1:03:47( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: by mr. george mill over california. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to house resolution 1126, the gentleman from california, mr. george miller and a member opposed each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. miller: i yield myself two minutes. the manager's amendment makes minor technical corrections and renames the bill.

George Miller

1:03:48 to 1:04:05( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: i adds clarifying -- it adds clarifying language about chemical restraint, it fixes the definition of school to include all schools and programs under the lol call -- local education agenc it clarifies crises intervention training program and requires

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