KY Child abuse oversight bill killed, then revived
The measure creating an external panel to review child abuse cases involving fatalities and near-fatalities has been revived in a committee moments after dying in another. The bill, sponsored by Democratic Representative Susan Westrom, creates a 13-member panel of experts to review how the Cabinet for Health and Family Services handles cases. It also establishes an independent office of investigation for child protective services. Westrom's bill was heard Tuesday by the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, but it included several amendments favored by Republican chairwoman Julie Denton. It failed there, but Westrom then went to the House State Government Committee and attached it as an amendment to one of Denton's bills, which passed.