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Governor creates Social Services Policy Council

February 23, 2015

— Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is creating a taskforce to look for ways to decrease poverty.

Brownback created the Social Services Policy Council by executive order Friday. A news release says it will focus on improving high school graduation rates, finding employment for people on state assistance and provide incentives for marriage.

The council will consist of seven to 13 members appointed by the governor and will be supported by the Department for Children and Families.

Brownback said in a statement that the state's social services need to do more work to help people become self-sufficient and start strong families.

A House panel held two days of hearings earlier this month on potential measures to reduce Kansas' divorce rate.

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