RICHMOND, VA – Delegate Ben Cline (R-Rockbridge) today announced that his bill (HB 2237) to extend the jurisdiction of the Office of the State Inspector General to include local Departments of Social Services has unanimously passed the House of Delegates.
“The recent tragedies involving neglected and abused children in Rockbridge County has highlighted the need for more transparency and accountability in our child welfare system, including our local Department of Social Services. The Office of Inspector General was created by the General Assembly for this purpose, and by extending the Inspector General’s jurisdiction to local offices of the Department of Social Services, this will provide more oversight that is sorely needed,” said Cline. “I am pleased that my bill has passed the House of Delegates, and I look forward to its continued success as it makes its way through the General Assembly and to the Governor’s desk.”
HB 2237 extends the jurisdiction of the Office of the State Inspector General by way of amending the definition of “state agency” to include any local offices of the Department of Social Services.
Cline represents the 24th House District, including the Cities of Lexington and Buena Vista, Bath County, Rockbridge County, and parts of Amherst and Augusta Counties. He was elected in 2002, and re-elected to his eighth term in November 2015. Cline is a member of the House Commerce and Labor Committee, the Militia, Police, and Public Safety Committee, the Finance Committee, and the Courts of Justice Committee.