- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska’s inspector general for child welfare would have better access to court records that she has previously struggled to obtain under a bill in the Legislature.

The bill by Sen. Bill Krist of Omaha would allow Inspector General Julie Rogers to get access to records within five days once her office receives a complaint or when a child in the system dies or suffers a serious injury.

Rogers says she had trouble getting records and information from the probation office within Nebraska’s Judicial Branch, even though state law is supposed to grant her access. Because the inspector general of Nebraska child welfare reports to the Legislature, probation office administrators have raised concerns about separation of powers.

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The bill is LB917



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