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Bill Would Create Commission To Oversee Children’s Issues

The Commission on Children's Issues would oversee Indiana's 31 boards, commissions, committees and agencies that deal with children.

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The bill passed a Senate committee this week.

Lawmakers say they are hoping proposed legislation that would create a state Commission on Children’s Issues will do more than just make another level of bureaucracy. The commission would oversee Indiana’s 31 boards, commissions, committees and agencies that deal in some way with children’s issues.

Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane, a cosponsor of the bill, says the intent is to create accountability for the Department of Child Services.

“Just by virtue of the fact that the legislature has committed to doing this, I think there’s going to be the will to make sure that it doesn’t just turn into a bureaucracy,” Lanane says.

And Markle Republican Senator Travis Holdman, another cosponsor, says the commission may actually end up reducing bureaucracy.

“One of the things we’ll be looking at is an attempt to consolidate some of those boards and commissions that deal with children’s issues and get at the heart of the problem.”

The bill passed a Senate committee this week and both Holdman and Lanane expect the bill to move quickly through the legislature without significant holdups.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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