Missouri bill extends deadlines for child abuse investigations

05/14/2014 6:53 AM

05/14/2014 6:55 AM

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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