Kansas Legislative Research Department
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KLRD staff members coordinate and help plan interim committee meetings and certain commissions and task forces that meet throughout the year.

During the regular legislative session, standing committees are coordinated and planned by committee assistants, who should be contacted through the office of the standing committee's chairperson.

Standing Committees are established by statute or by House or Senate Leadership that meet during the regular legislative session.

Interim Committees are either established by statute and meet outside the regular legislative session (e.g. joint committees, oversight committees, commissions, and task forces) or are created by Legislative Coordinating Council to review specified topics and legislation during the Interim.


Resources         Agenda         Minutes         Report

Sen. Vicki Schmidt, Vice-chairperson
Sen. Barbara Bollier
Sen. Laura Kelly

Rep. Steve Alford, Chairperson
Rep. Linda Gallagher
Rep. Jarrod Ousley

Non-Legislative Members
Gail Cozadd
Hon. Daniel Cahill
Mickey Edwards
Serena Hawkins
Alicia Johnson-Turner
Sandra Lessor
Katherine Melhorn
David Ohide
Mary Tye
Ashlyn Yarnell

Ex Officio Members
Patricia Long
Gina Meier-Hummel
Rachel Marsh
Lindsey Stephenson

Kansas Legislative Research Dept.
Robert Gallimore
Iraida Orr
Amy Deckard

Office of Revisor of Statutes
Kyle Hamilton
Scott Abbott

Gary Deeter, Committee Assistant


Study the Child Welfare System in the State of Kansas

     2017 House Sub. for SB 126 directs the Secretary for Children and Families to establish a Child Welfare System Task Force to study the child welfare system in the State of Kansas. The bill directs the Task Force to convene working groups to study the following topics: the general administration of child welfare by the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF); protective services; family preservation; reintegration; foster care; and permanency placement. Additionally, the Task Force and each working group are directed to study the following topics:

  • The level of oversight and supervision by DCF over each entity that contracts with DCF to provide reintegration, foster care, and adoption services;
  • The duties, responsibilities, and contributions of state agencies, nongovernmental entities, and service providers that provide child welfare services in the State of Kansas;
  • The level of access to child welfare services, including, but not limited to, health and mental health services and community based services, in the State of Kansas;
  • The increasing number of children in the child welfare system and contributing factors;
  • The licensing standards for case managers working in the child welfare system; and
  • Any other topic the Child Welfare System Task Force or working group deems necessary or appropriate.

Approved Meeting Days: 6 days

2017 Interim Information
Approved Topics Memo
Approved Days Listing
Interim Calendar
Interim Committee Membership
Committee Reports to the 2018 Legislature
Committee Reports to the 2018 Legislature-Supplement

Statutory Joint Committees Special Committees Other Task Forces, Commissions, Committees


Role of the Committees

Role of KLRD - Session

Role of KLRD - Interim

Committee Archive

2014 Interim Committees

2015 Interim Committees

2016 Interim Committees

Kansas Legislative Research Department - Room 68-W State Capitol Building, 300 SW 10th Avenue, Topeka, Kansas 66612-1504 -- Phone (785) 296-3181 -- Fax (785) 296-3824 --