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Fletcher signs social worker law

By Owen Weldon     Apr 6, 2007 in Politics
LOUISVILLE - Gov. Ernie Fletcher on Thursday signed into law a measure intended to make sure that the slaying of a Kentucky social worker won't happen again.
"I would hope, first of all, that we don't have to attend any more funerals of our workers," Fletcher said at a signing ceremony attended by a number of lawmakers and social workers at a state social service office.
The legislation, named in western Kentucky social worker Boni Frederick's honor, is meant to strengthen on-the-job protections for social workers. It includes $6 million to hire additional social workers and improve safety.
The law would make social workers feel more safe when visits between birth parents and abused or neglected children and technology aimed at ensuring social workers' safety.
The social workers will also have around the clock access to criminal records.
The original bill, backed by Fletcher's administration, called for about $20 million during the next 16 months to add more than 300 social services staffers, including 225 social workers.
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