INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana lawmakers have passed legislation that will create a new state commission focused on addressing children's issues.
The bill sponsored by Democratic Sen. John Broden of South Bend passed the Indiana House this week and now awaits the signature of Gov. Mike Pence.
The legislation will create the Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana. Broden tells the South Bend Tribune the panel is "a key step" in efforts to boost oversight of the state's troubled Department of Child Services.
That agency has been roiled by investigations into its handling of abuse and neglect cases after several children died in troubled homes.
A committee that met last summer came up with ideas for boosting oversight of DCS, including a proposal to create the new commission.