A Kansas Senate committee will hear testimony Monday on a bill that would prohibit public health agencies from pursuing accreditation.
The bill was introduced by Wichita Sen. Michael O’Donnell. The freshman Republican has not yet explained the rationale for the bill.
Michelle Ponce, who heads the Kansas Association of Local Health Departments, says accreditation is a voluntary process to implement and monitor quality improvement.
“We’re really baffled by this bill, to be quite honest," she says.