Governor Dave Heineman Questions Child Welfare Bill

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman says a billthat would return child welfare case duties to the state would only rehash policies that have failed in the past.

The Republican governor told reporters in a conference call
Monday that he questions a measure (LB961) that would restore the
state's role in managing children who are abused, neglected, or
suffering from behavioral problems.

Heineman says he's open-minded about the broader child welfare
reform effort, but still supports the move toward privatization
that began in 2009.

Heineman says he's also skeptical of a bill that would eliminate
the state Foster Care Review Board, and shift power to local

The case management bill is set for a hearing Thursday before
the Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee.

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