Friday, November 18, 2011

Legislative committee may review transparency of state cabinet in child abuse death records

The co-chairs of the legislative committee that oversees the state's health and welfare services say they hope to hold a hearing in December about the state's handling of records regarding deaths and near deaths of kids in Kentucky's child-welfare system.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reported Nov. 17 that Democratic Rep. Tom Burch and Republican Sen. Julie Denton, both of Louisville, said they want to hold hearings on whether the Cabinet for Health and Family Services is being transparent in the way it reports deaths and near-deaths of children under its supervision.

The cabinet has lost three open-records lawsuits recently because of its failure to make public its records in the deaths of several children under the cabinet's supervision.

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