Denton wants health secretary's resignation

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A leading lawmaker has called for the
resignation of Health and Family Services Secretary Janie Miller.
Republican Sen. Julie Denton of Louisville, co-chair of the
Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare, made the call
Monday, citing concerns about Miller's oversight of the state's
child welfare programs. But Gov. Steve Beshear said Miller has his
full confidence.
Miller's agency has come under increasing criticism for its
handling of child abuse cases, some of which have ended in deaths
that lawmakers think may have been preventable. In one case, public
records suggest social workers may have ignored abuse reports
involving a 9-year-old Kentucky girl who was later beaten to death.
That prompted a review of the state's child-welfare system.
Beshear said Miller continues to work to improve the child
protection system.


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