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Wed Jul 20, 2016, 11:18 PM

Bevin wants foster care settlement thrown out

Gov. Matt Bevin's administration wants a judge to throw out a court settlement that is intended to ensure that church-run foster care programs don't try to proselytize to children in their custody.

The administration this week asked a judge to toss out the settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for Separation of Church and State, saying that the state's position has changed because Bevin won last year's gubernatorial election.

"The Executive Branch of the Commonwealth of Kentucky underwent a change in administration and, in every respect philosophy, following Governor Matthew G. Bevin's election in November 2015," according to a court filing by the state Justice Cabinet and Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

The administration's stance first became apparent in a letter to involved parties in April, when M. Stephen Pitt, Bevin's general counsel, said the state doesn't believe the pact is "fair, adequate nor reasonable to the commonwealth or its private child care provider partners."

Read more: http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/ky-governor/2016/07/20/bevin-seeks-renege-foster-care-settlement/87294142/

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