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Minutes for SB126 - Committee on Public Health and Welfare

Short Title

Restrictions on persons interacting with child care facilities.

Minutes Content for Wed, Feb 15, 2017

Senator Berger introduced Jaron Caffrey who is shadowing him today.

Chairperson Schmidt opened the hearing on SB126.

Scott Abbott, Staff Revisor, gave an overview of the bill.

Senator Mary Jo Taylor testified in support of SB126. Her testimony stated that changes offered with this bill will improve upon the statute by clarifying language of those convicted as felons, and defining a sex offender for purposes pertinent to child care facilities.  (Attachment1)

Lorrena Steelman, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, testified in support of SB126, Her testimony included a request to add a conviction of arson as a restriction to persons maintaining, residing, working or volunteering in a child care facility. Ms. Steelman responded to questions from Committee members. (Attachment 2)

Written testimony in support of the bill was submitted by:

Amanda Gress, Kansas Action for Children (Attachment 3)

Leadell Ediger, Child Care Aware (Attachment 4)

Diana Schunn, Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick Co.(Attachment 5)

Theresa Lewis, Private Citizen (Attachment 6)

Kim Engelman, Private Citizen (Attachment 7)

Jennifer Bruning, Kansas State Alliance of YMCAs (Attachment 8)

Sandra Kimmons, Kansas Department of Children and Families (Attachment 9)

Michael Ramsey, Bokey Development LLC (Attachment 10)

Blake Shuart, Hutton and Hutton Law Firm LLC (Attachment 11)

After questions by the Committee were addressed, Chairperson Schmidt closed the hearing on SB126.