Lawmakers are calling for answers on the state's troubled child welfare system and asking the public to weigh in.
The Legislature's Government Oversight Committee is set to hold a March 8 public hearing on a legislative watchdog's recent survey of child protective caseworkers across Maine.
The survey found caseworkers are reporting having faced a "dramatic and sudden" spike in their workload since the deaths of two young girls from alleged child abuse.
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The watchdog's survey also found that 91 percent of 141 surveyed caseworkers said they were asked to "stay with a child in the emergency room, hotel or other overnight setting."
Government Oversight Committee Senate Chair Justin Chenette, a Democrat, said that figure was "shocking" and could be a future focus for the committee.