Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) released the following statement upon adjournment of the Legislative Council meeting on Monday.

“I think today’s meeting was a small first step to addressing the numerous recommendations provided by the Child Welfare Policy and Practice Group in its report on the Department of Child Services (DCS). It is concerning that DCS has undergone five other similar reports in the last five years, only one of which my caucus was made aware of, and very few of those recommendations were implemented. The governor’s administration must get serious about implementing recommendations to keep children safe. At the end of the day, the lives of our children are on the line and we must do everything in our power to protect them and that includes providing the Department with the funds they need to do their jobs adequately. I hope the State Budget Committee keeps this in mind as we begin crafting the state’s next biennial budget.”