House passes bill to lengthen abuse investigations

Friday, February 28, 2014 | 7:23 a.m. CST; updated 10:29 a.m. CST, Friday, February 28, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY — Legislation passed by the Missouri House would give social workers more time to complete investigations into child abuse and neglect.

Current law stipulates that those investigations must be completed within 30 days. But the measure passed Thursday would allow the Department of Social Services to take up to 30 business days before submitting a report.

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

The House voted 151-1 to send the measure to the Senate.

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