Lawmakers Call for No Confidence Vote On DSS Director

Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- More lawmakers have joined the call asking Governor Nikki Haley to fire Department of Social Services Director Lillian Koller.

Lawmakers announced plans to introduce a no confidence resolution in the House.

"We've seen Haley's appointee struggle to answer the most basic questions. The children of our state deserve better care and when things go wrong, the people of South Carolina deserve honest leadership and real accountability," said Rep. James Smith, a Richland County Democrat.

If taken up, the bill would allow members of the House to vote on their faith in the agency's director. Smith says there is support from members of both sides of the aisle.

The vote would not necessarily trigger any action, but supporters say it could show the governor where lawmakers stand on the issue.

"I believe if given the opportunity to have this matter brought before the chamber, it will have an overwhelming support, and it is my hope that that would send a very clear signal to Gov. Haley that she needs to act. She needs to act in the best interest of South Carolina's children and bring new leadership to DSS," said Smith.

Doug Mayer, a spokesman for Haley released a statement saying, "Representative Smith is free to introduce a hundred politically motivated bills but not one of them would prevent children from being abused or neglected in our state. It's easy to criticize but if the representative was serious about improving the lives of the most vulnerable among us, he would join with Governor Haley and Director Koller in their continuous efforts to provide solutions and empowerment to caseworkers – efforts that will actually protect our at-risk children."


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