House GOP caucus chair withdraws adoption task force resolution after Senate changes

03/30/2017 02:39 PM

FRANKFORT — The sponsor of a concurrent resolution establishing a task force to recommend changes to the state’s adoption system withdrew the item Thursday after the Senate removed the task force requirement and instead lumped adoption among more than a dozen issues to study during the legislative interim.

House Majority Caucus Chair David Meade, R-Stanford, grew emotional on the House floor as he listed changes made to House Concurrent Resolution 105, saying he has firsthand knowledge of the “emotional rollercoaster” that is Kentucky’s adoption program.

Meade said interim legislative committees can already take up such study items, but task forces offer a more focused look at particular issues like adoption.

“To sum it up, this resolution now does absolutely nothing,” he said.

House Speaker Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, said he would create a bipartisan workgroup to examine the state’s adoption system, hoping to announce membership within the next 10 days. That group will recommend legislation to streamline the adoption process in Kentucky for the 2018 session, he told reporters after the House recessed.

HCR 105 “would have started moving towards something adoptive families have longed for for years, and that is true reform,” Meade said.

“It was a bill to help families, orphans and foster children of this state,” he said. “It is truly unfortunate that this resolution wasn’t passed in its original form. I am saddened by it, I am disappointed by it, and I was definitely hoping for a better outcome since it passed this body 91-0.”

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