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COLUMBIA — The state Department of Social Services has not asked for additional caseworkers in five years, according to a state senator who said this morning he doesn't understand why if some caseloads have exceeded 60 cases per worker.

DSS officials said they have not asked for any extra caseworkers for the coming year but when questioned by Sen. Joel Lourie, one official said the agency is still looking at the situation.

Agency officials appeared before a Senate budget subcommittee this morning to talk about their requests for the coming year.

A Senate oversight panel is looking at how the agency is handling cases of child abuse and neglect.

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