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Minutes for HB2115 - Committee on Public Health and Welfare

Short Title

Establishing the joint committee on child welfare system oversight.

Minutes Content for Wed, Mar 17, 2021

Chairperson Hilderbrand opened the hearing on HB2115.

Jenna Moyer, Staff Revisor gave an overview of the bill.

Mike Fonkert presented his proponent testimony. He stated that establishing a joint committee on child welfare system oversight is an important step in providing the accountability the foster care system needs.He added that the foster care system in Kansas is not working for too many children and needs more oversight, accountability and legislative problem solving.  (Attachment 1)

He took questions from committee members.

Proponent, written only testimony was submitted by:

Laura Howard, Secretary, Department of Children and Families (Attachment 2)

Leah Fliter, Director of Governmental Affairs, Kansas Association of School Boards (Attachment 3)

Rachel Marsh, CEO, Children's Alliance of Kansas (Attachment 4)

Chairperson Hilderbrand closed the hearing on SB2115.