Gina Meier-Hummel, acting secretary at the Kansas Department for Children and Families.
Kansas House unanimously passes bill to release information after Child Abuse deaths
In a final vote Thursday morning, the Kansas House unanimously passed legislation that would require the state to release information after a child dies of abuse or neglect.
The chamber voted 124-0 in favor of the bill. It now goes to the Senate, where lawmakers will decide whether to accept the House version. If they don’t, the bill would be sent to a conference committee to work out any differences. After that, each chamber would vote again.
Child advocates say if the bill becomes law, the most vulnerable children in Kansas will be better protected.
“Absolutely it’s a step forward,” said Lori Ross, a long-time advocate in Missouri. “Transparency is necessary for the child welfare system to continuously improve. … I’m so thrilled they haven’t dropped…
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