More Time May Be Granted For Social Workers To Investigate

2 years 10 months 1 week ago May 14, 2014 May 14, 2014 Wednesday, May 14 2014 Wednesday, May 14, 2014 6:28:00 AM CDT in News
Source: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to legislation that would give social workers more time to complete investigations into child abuse and neglect.

The House voted 139-2 on Tuesday to send the measure to Gov. Jay Nixon. The Senate passed it earlier this month.

Current law stipulates that investigations involving children must be completed within 30 days. The bill would give the Department of Social Services up to 45 days to submit a report after first hearing allegations of abuse and neglect.

Sponsoring Rep. Bill Lant, a Pineville Republican, says these serious investigations shouldn't be rushed and added that the current timetable puts a strain on department staff

 

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