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March 20, 2014

STATE HOUSE: Another DSS hearing coming, director could be 2 weeks away

The Buzz

A blog from The State's political team of Cassie Cope, Jamie Self and Andy Shain. Email tips to thebuzz@thestate.com.

Sen. Tom Young said Thursday that his special panel looking into issues at the S.C. Department of Social Services plans to hold another meeting next week after hearing testimony on alleged abuses and mismanagement at the agency on Wednesday.

The hearing would be the panel's fourth since convening this year after a series of deaths last year among children who had some involvement with DSS.

On Thursday, senators took to the floor to vent about DSS director Lillian Koller not testifying before the panel.

Koller's office has said she could not testify under doctor's orders after suffering a stroke in December. Koller has returned to work and attended public events, which has frustrated lawmakers.

Two Democratic senators have called for Koller's ouster .

Young, R-Aiken, said he was told by Gov. Nikki Haley's office that Koller could be available to testify within two weeks, earlier than original expectations.

"We are not going to stop," Young said. "If we step on some toes, then so be it."

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