Senators hold another meeting on DSS director

      By MEG KINNARDAssociated Press

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A Senate panel is continuing its hearings on South Carolina's Department of Social Services.

      A special Senate committee is holding another hearing on the agency Wednesday. The panel began meeting in January.

      Earlier this month, some Senate Democrats called for the ouster of DSS director Lillian Koller after testimony over a 4-year-old Richland County boy who was beaten to death after being returned to his parents from foster care.

      State Sen. Joel Lourie complained that Koller has yet to testify before the committee, despite several requests that she appear. Agency spokeswoman Marilyn Matheus has said Koller had a stroke in December and is obeying doctor's orders.

      Gov. Nikki Haley has said she stands behind Koller's leadership.


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