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.
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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.