- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 27, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Three Democrats want the South Carolina House to take a no-confidence vote in the Department of Social Services’ director.

The Richland County Democrats introduced a resolution Tuesday urging Gov. Nikki Haley to fire director Lillian Koller. The Republican governor has repeatedly backed Koller despite several calls for her ousting.

It’s unlikely the Republican-controlled House will vote on the resolution before the regular legislative session ends next week.

A Senate panel is investigating potential problems at DSS. Allegations include that Koller’s management method for meeting priorities has led to decisions based on numbers instead of children’s welfare. She disputes that.

Senators have questioned Koller about two Richland County children who died.



Haley spokesman Doug Mayer says the politically motivated bill will do nothing to prevent children from being abused or neglected.

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