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House committee recommends chamber block on Kelly’s plan to combine two human services agencies

A Kansas House committee recommends the full chamber block Governor Laura Kelly’s plan to combine two human services agencies into one. 

Kelly has said the merger of the Department for Aging and Disability Services and the Department for Children and Families would create a one-stop shop for people who need everything from employment services to food assistance. Democratic Representative John Alcala said Republicans were trying to block the Democratic governor’s plan for political reasons.

“This gets to be real political, “said Alcala.  “We tried some stuff under governor Brownback, we had problems.  This is another attempet to try and fix the problem.”

Kansas has struggled with programs like foster care, and Republicans argued on Tuesday that past reorganizations haven’t fixed it. They also said keeping the agencies separate could allow them to better focus on improvements.

Story by Stephen Koranda


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