HB 2114, signed by the Governor on April 13, renames the Joint Committee on Corrections and Juvenile Justice Oversight in honor of Rep. J. Russell Jennings, and requires the Committee to monitor the implementation of juvenile justice reforms. For the 2023 interim period, the Joint Committee, chaired by Rep. Stephen Owens, is charged with monitoring inmate and juvenile offender populations and reviewing and studying the programs, activities, plans and operations of the Kansas Department of Corrections.
HB 2240, signed by the Governor on April 10, amends current law to clarify and require the clerk of the district court to provide various parties with written notice when a child is placed in a qualified residential treatment program, after receipt of such written notice from the Secretary of the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF). The law specifies the parties who must be notified, including the petitioner; the attorney for the parents, if any; the child, if 12 years of age or older; the child’s guardian ad litem; any other party or interested party; and the child’s court-appointed special advocate.
Senate Substitute (Sub.) for HB 2344, vetoed by Gov. Kelly on April 19 and sustained on April 27, would have established and updated law regulating child care centers and homes; would have provided definitions, licensing capacity and staff-to-child ratios; and would have established staffing requirements, including professional development training.
Senate Bill (SB) 115 would amend sections of the Kansas Adoption and Relinquishment Act related to notice requirements for petitions of adoption for independent and stepparent adoptions and private and public agency adoptions. The bill is alive and may be acted upon during the 2024 session.
HB 2153 would have amended law governing the Attorney General’s authority to coordinate training related to human trafficking. The bill also would have authorized the Attorney General to coordinate training for law enforcement agencies for implementation of a coordinated multidisciplinary approach for cases involving alleged human trafficking, aggravated human trafficking, or commercial sexual exploitation of a child. The bill died when it was stricken from the House calendar on Feb. 23.
HB 2443, passed by the House, would establish the Office of the Child Advocate (OCA) as an independent state agency, with the Child Advocate serving as the head of the agency, and authorize the OCA to have access to certain records concerning a child in need of care. The bill also would establish the Child Advocate Advisory Board to oversee the OCA. The bill is alive and may be acted upon during the 2024 session.