A new week brings forth new issues to discuss for the Kansas Legislature. Although last week was upsetting for many, the future remains bright on the horizon.
Anyone who knows me knows how strongly I feel about Kansas' foster care system. It's a system that, for a long time, has been shrouded in secrecy and deceit. I have worked with many family's throughout Kansas, and our very ownHouse District 85, that have had issues with the way our current system operates. Foster care is an issue that is dear and true to my heart.
It is for these reasons that I have introduced legislation - HB 2590 - that would require the Department of Children and Families to provide free and open access of their records to authorized members of the law enforcement community.
There have been numerous cases where law enforcement were alerted to a situation in a home, and they had no knowledge of any children present, until it was too late.
Zaiden Javonivich - a case where DCF and law enforcement both had a number of family contacts but law enforcement had no knowledge of children within the household. I am convinced, if investigators had access to DCF files, Zaiden would still be alive to this day.
Last year Governor Kelly put forth a tax increase for the state of Kansas by vetoing, not once, but twice, legislation that would have put our state's tax code parallel with the federal government's tax code. This tax increase affected Kansas' working class negatively and continues to do so.
During the same year, the Governor vetoed a reduction on food sales tax(15%) despite her campaign promise to do just the opposite.
It is becoming more and more known that as a state, Kansas is brining in more tax dollars monthly than what is expected. This is a direct result of the Governor's inability to follow through with her campaign promises.
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