Representative Mike Sanders of Kingfisher says he intends to propose legislation next year to reform the Department of Human Services. Sanders is Vice-Chair of the House Human Services Committee. "You look at the past history of D.H.S with the deaths of Aja Johnson and Kelsey Briggs, and a variety of other abuses which aren't even put on the news," Sanders said. Sander's statement comes after other state officials called for a D.H.S. report on the June death of Serenity Deal. "The Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth, which serves as a watchdog over D.H.S., completed its report on Serenity's death within ten days," Sanders said. "It's been more than 50 days since Serenity died, and no D.H.S report has been released." A spokeswoman for D.H.S., Sheree Powell, told KTOK on Tuesday that in the Serenity Deal case, the agency is waiting for court transcripts from court reporters in Lincoln and Pottawatomie Counties. Sanders said he's still fine-tuning the elements of his proposed legislation.
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