- Associated Press - Thursday, April 14, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island Senate has unanimously passed a bill that would require the state to disclose more information about the deaths of children in state care.

A 37-0 vote in the Senate sent the bill to the House of Representatives on Thursday evening.

Sen. Cynthia Coyne, a Barrington Democrat, says she introduced the bill because of recent tragedies in the state’s child welfare system and a lack of transparency in reporting and investigating them.

The bill would require the state Department of Children, Youth and Families to publicly disclose a fatality or near-fatality within 48 hours and to share additional information with the child advocate’s office.

It also aims to address delays in the medical examiner’s office and would require the child advocate to create child fatality review panels.

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