Welfare oversight plan dropped at end of session

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May 9, 2019 - 10:25 AM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Lawmakers dropped a plan to increase oversight of Kansas’ troubled child welfare system in the final hours of their annual session, angering advocates.

The provision that was eliminated would have created a committee that could have summoned officials to explain problems, drafted legislation and provided frustrated parents with a place to vent, The Wichita Eagle and The Kansas City Star reported.

Some advocates saw the panel as a way to address a system beset with problems that include child deaths and problems recruiting and retaining staff.

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