Gov. Steve Beshear has signed a bill giving broader investigative powers to a state panel that reviews serious cases of child abuse and neglect in Kentucky.
Beshear created the panel last year by executive order. But the law he signed Wednesday gives panel members deeper access to case files involving children who died or suffered serious injuries.
The law also allows panel members to discuss certain cases in private to protect victims' identities.
The 20-member panel began reviewing cases earlier this year. It is tasked with making recommendations to social services agencies on how to improve abuse investigations. Panel members have already said that more training is needed to better serve Kentucky's children.