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Kansas governor backs bill to open records on child deaths

Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer introduces Gina Meier-Hummel, of Lawrence, to be the next secretary of the Department for Children and Families, Nov. 22, 2017, at the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka.

Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer introduces Gina Meier-Hummel, of Lawrence, to be the next secretary of the Department for Children and Families, Nov. 22, 2017, at the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka.

February 12, 2018

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— Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer and the state's top child welfare official are backing legislation to require disclosure of some records when a child dies of abuse or neglect.

Colyer and Department for Children Families Secretary Gina Meier-Hummel announced Monday that they're supporting a bill introduced last week in the Kansas House.

The bill would require the department to release a child's age, gender and date of death upon receiving an open records request. It also would have to release a summary of its reports of child abuse or neglect and its findings about those reports.

Kansas has had several high-profile cases in recent years of children who died in abusive homes. Colyer said under the bill, the public would learn what steps the state took to protect a child.

Comments

Michael Kort 2 months, 1 week ago

GIve the man credit !

After years of Sam Brownback, this guy sounds refreshingly sane !..........of course Brownback is not the highest bar around to be topped .

Fully open state records of all type......,particularly records of the death of children who are abused, should just be Basic Open State Government 101

If the State is failing to protect abused children, then the public has a right to know that fact and to demand a governmental change of direction and priorities .

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