Little Falls legislator chairs first-ever meeting of new legislative Child Protection Task Force
Assistant Majority Leader Rep. Ron Kresha, R-Little Falls, chaired the first meeting of the Legislative Task Force on Child Protection Tuesday, one of eight lawmakers on the newly-created panel.
Kresha is joined on the Task Force by the other three members of the Governor’s Task Force on the Protection of Children: Rep. Joe Mullery, DFL-Minneapolis, Sen. Kathy Sheran, DFL-Mankato, and Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Vernon Center. Four additional members were appointed to the panel by House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, last month; Rep. Peggy Bennett, R-Albert Lea, Rep. Tom Anzelc, DFL-Balsam Township, Sen. Carla Nelson, R-Rochester, and Sen. Jeff Hayden, DFL-Minneapolis.
The committee was created in 2015 as a part of the Health and Human Services omnibus bill and is tasked with reviewing the reforms passed last session which stemmed from recommendations from the Governor’s Task Force on the Protection of Children, looking at ways to expand efforts into related areas of the child protection system, working with the commissioner of human services and other partners to establish and evaluate a grant program aimed at addressing disparities in child welfare and identifying additional reforms to be considered next session. The Task Force will issue a report on their findings early next year.