Law signed to enhance VT social worker safety

MONTPELIER, Vt. (NEWS10) – Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed a bill into law that gives more protections to state social workers.

The legislation was proposed in response to the killings of Department for Children and Families (DCF) Social Worker Lara Sobel last August.

Gov. Shumlin signed two laws to enhance penalties for threatening or assaulting those workers and to provide funding for additional security measures at DCF offices.

“These new laws will help ensure the safety of all those who, like Lara, have dedicated themselves to protecting the Vermonters who need it most,” Gov. Shumlin said.

An attorney for Jody Herring, the woman accused of killing Sobel, says Herring is mentally ill and is unfit for trial.

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