Government Oversight Committee waiting for Governor LePage's legislation

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AUGUSTA, Maine (WABI) - A committee reviewing DHHS and its handling of two child abuse cases in which two girls died wants to hear more from the Governor about a bill he plans to propose to protect children.

The Government Oversight Committee met Thursday morning in Augusta to discuss watchdog group's report on Maine's Child Protection System.

The committee decided they should wait to talk, again, once Governor LePage releases his legislation on the issue.

His bill could come out as early as next week.

Among the expected elements of the bill are more money for staff training and computer system upgrades.

The committee is unsure of the specific contents of the legislation, but say it's necessary to move ahead.

"We really cannot wait until next year to start dealing with this," says State Senator Bill Diamond (D-Windham). "We've got kids that need help right now, and we've got a system that needs to be fixed. And now we can do it. We're in here, we're working on it, and we should get it done."

The next meeting for the Oversight Committee is August 20.