Bills to Reform DHS
State House members released their series of bills which would change the Department of Human Services.
One of the measures would eliminate the Commission on Human Rights overseeing the agency.
If House Joint Resolution 1092 passes, it would go to a vote of the people to abolish the Commission and put the Governor in charge of the agency as well as the hiring and reviewing of the director.
Republican Representative Jason Nelson says in the Commission’s place would be four advisory boards of five people each to oversee different aspects of the agency.
“The panels, the way they’re in the bill currently, one would deal with children and family issues, one with disability issues, one with aging issues and one with administrative issues.”
Three other bills were introduced at a press conference on Monday which would deal with vertical integration of the child welfare division, public disclosure of child deaths or near deaths and a worker certification program.