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110 STAT. 3074 PUBLIC LAW 104-235—OCT. 3, 1996 Effective date. Effective date. "(11) to make recommendations to the court concerning the best interests of the child; "(x) the establishment of citizen review panels in accordance with subsection (c); "(xi) provisions, procedures, and mechanisms to be effective not later than 2 years after the date of the enactment of this section— "(I) for the expedited termination of parental rights in the case of any infant determined to be abandoned under State law; and "(II) by which individuals who disagree with an official finding of abuse or neglect can appeal such finding; "(xii) provisions, procedures, and mechanisms to be effective not later than 2 years after the date of the enactment of this section that assure that the State does not require reunification of a surviving child with a parent who has been found by a court of competent jurisdiction— "(I) to have committed murder (which would have been an offense under section 1111(a) of title 18, United States Code, if the offense had occurred in the special maritime or territorial jurisdiction of the United States) of another child of such parent; "(II) to have committed voluntary manslaughter (which would have been an offense under section 1112(a) of title 18, United States Code, if the offense had occurred in the special maritime or territorial jurisdiction of the United States) of another child of such parent; "(III) to have aided or abetted, attempted, conspired, or solicited to commit such murder or voluntary manslaughter; or "(IV) to have committed a felony assault that results in the serious bodily injury to the surviving child or another child of such parent; and "(xiii) an assurance that, upon the implementation by the State of the provisions, procedures, and mechanisms under clause (xii), conviction of any one of the felonies listed in clause (xii) constitute grounds under State law for the termination of parental rights of the convicted parent as to the surviving children (although case-by-case determinations of whether or not to seek termination of parental rights shall be within the sole discretion of the State); "(B) an assurance that the State has in place procedures for responding to the reporting of medical neglect (including instances of withholding of medically indicated treatment from disabled infants with life-threatening conditions), procedures or programs, or both (within the State child protective services system), to provide for— "(i) coordination and consultation with individuals designated by and within appropriate health-care facilities; "(ii) prompt notification by individuals designated by and within appropriate health-care facilities of cases