Sedgwick County Stakes Out Legislative Agenda

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Sedgwick County commissioners plan to vote next month on their legislative platform.

Commissioners this week hashed out a draft of the platform, which outlines the county's priorities.

One of those priorities is getting money for Judge Riddel Boys Ranch. The county wants the state to pay the actual operating costs for running the facility for juvenile offenders. The ranch offers a temporary home for boys and young men where they can also take classes and learn job skills. The ranch also provides the juveniles with therapy and intensive supervision.

In a move to keep the facility open, the county has reduced its capacity, cut staff and moved to 12-hour shifts.

The county commission's formal vote on the platform is scheduled for Dec. 12.

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