Budget session will not prevent state senators from working to improve DCS

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The Indiana Department of Child Services will be part of the legislative agenda during the Indiana General Assembly’s 2013 session.  

Indiana Senate President Pro Tempore David Long outlined the Senate priorities during Organization Day. The ceremonial start to the 118th General Assembly was held Tuesday afternoon at the Statehouse.

During the annual event, the Legislature’s new members were sworn in and the first roll call of all state lawmakers was taken.

The 2013 session is a budget year, and lawmakers will be drafting a comprehensive proposal to fund government services for the next two years. By law, the 2013 session must be completed no later than April 29.

However, Long noted while legislators will focus on passing a budget, they will discuss a number of other policy initiatives. In the Senate, these additional priorities include protecting Hoosier children by improving Indiana’s Department of Child Services; improving schools and supporting teachers; and reforming the state’s criminal penalties.  

Last session, the General Assembly took a step to address concerns with DCS by establishing the Department of Child Services Interim Study Committee. The committee has met six times and has a final meeting planned for 10 a.m. Nov. 27.



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  2. I think it is safe to say that those Hoosier's with the most confidence in the Indiana judicial system are those Hoosier's who have never had the displeasure of dealing with the Hoosier court system.

  3. I have an open CHINS case I failed a urine screen I have since got clean completed IOP classes now in after care passed home inspection my x sister in law has my children I still don't even have unsupervised when I have been clean for over 4 months my x sister wants to keep the lids for good n has my case working with her I just discovered n have proof that at one of my hearing dcs case worker stated in court to the judge that a screen was dirty which caused me not to have unsupervised this was at the beginning two weeks after my initial screen I thought the weed could have still been in my system was upset because they were suppose to check levels n see if it was going down since this was only a few weeks after initial instead they said dirty I recently requested all of my screens from redwood because I take prescriptions that will show up n I was having my doctor look at levels to verify that matched what I was prescripted because dcs case worker accused me of abuseing when I got my screens I found out that screen I took that dcs case worker stated in court to judge that caused me to not get granted unsupervised was actually negative what can I do about this this is a serious issue saying a parent failed a screen in court to judge when they didn't please advise

  4. I have a degree at law, recent MS in regulatory studies. Licensed in KS, admitted b4 S& 7th circuit, but not to Indiana bar due to political correctness. Blacklisted, nearly unemployable due to hostile state action. Big Idea: Headwinds can overcome, esp for those not within the contours of the bell curve, the Lego Movie happiness set forth above. That said, even without the blacklisting for holding ideas unacceptable to the Glorious State, I think the idea presented above that a law degree open many vistas other than being a galley slave to elitist lawyers is pretty much laughable. (Did the law professors of Indiana pay for this to be published?)

  5. Joe, you might want to do some reading on the fate of Hoosier whistleblowers before you get your expectations raised up.