When the 2011 Kansas Legislative session opens in January, the Kansas House will have a new committee.


When the 2011 Kansas Legislative session opens in January, the Kansas House will have a new committee.



On Friday, the Associated Press reported that the House will have a new Children and Families Committee when lawmakers open their annual session on Jan. 10.



Speaker Mike O'Neal says the new panel will review issues about child care and the placement of children with relatives or in foster care when there are allegations of abuse or neglect.



The committee's chairman will be Olathe Republican Mike Kiegerl (KEE'-gurl). The vice chairman will be Great Bend Republican Bill Wolf.



Kiegerl has served both on an Appropriations subcommittee on social service agency budgets and on the Legislature's Joint Committee on Children's Issues.