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Bill Passes Committee Establishing Child Abuse Review Panel

A House Committee has approved a bill that would establish an independent panel to review and report on child abuse cases. The bill doesn’t settle the issue of what case records are public documents, but lawmakers say it’s a step towards transparency.

The question of what information in child death and near death records should be made available to the public is caught up in court. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services wants to protect certain information like still-living victims of child abuse crimes. Others say all information should be made public to identify inadequacies in the system.