The Senate passed Senate Bill 33 unanimously without seeming to address how this bill will be paid for. Senate Bill 33 would require that the Division of Family Services reduce caseload standards from 18 families to 12 families per caseworker.
Capping caseloads at 12 will of course demand more staff to close the gap, and that will require more money to hire more people, and that is something that this legislation does not address. Hopefully, Senator Kyle Evans Gay has friends on the Joint Finance Committee that have promised an increase in funding for the Kids Department. Senator Sturgeon? Representative Griffith (hey, wait a minute, she’s the House prime sponsor!)?
|Senate Bill 33 – Reducing the Caseload of Social Workers||Currrent Status – Passed Senate 20-0-1. Sent to House|
|House Sponsors – Griffith, Bolden, Chukwuocha, Johnson, Morrison, Williams // Briggs King, Smith||Senate Sponsors – Gay, Townsend, Hansen, Hoffner, Walsh // Pettyjohn|
|House Yes Votes –||Senate Yes Votes – Gay Hansen Hoffner Huxtable Lockman Mantzavinos McBride Paradee Pinkney Poore Sokola Sturgeon Townsend Walsh // Buckson Hocker Lawson Pettyjohn Richardon Wilson|
|House No Votes –||Senate No Votes –|
|House Absents or Not Voting –||Senate Absent or Not Voting – Brown|