- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback meets for the first time with members of a newly formed council that will make recommendations on how the state should approach poverty and other social issues.

The governor appointed the Social Services Policy Council in February to advise him on issues related to social service policies. Several state agency chiefs met Wednesday with council members at Sporting Park in Kansas City in a largely introductory session.

Several members listed concerns they have about issues such as prison recidivism, the chain of welfare from generation to generation and where money dedicated to providing social services is being spent.

The group is expected to meet at least twice a year. It will receive ongoing staff support from the Kansas Department for Children and Families.

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