Dept. of Public Welfare becoming Dept. of Human Services

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HARRISBURG — One of Pennsylvania’s largest state government agencies may soon be getting a name change.

The state Senate voted unanimously today to change the name of the Department of Public Welfare to the Department of Human Services.

Supporters say a new name would better reflect what the agency does and remove a stigma sometimes associated with public assistance and welfare.

Public Welfare Secretary Bev Mackereth said last year the change would cost about $8 million and wasn’t affordable, but Gov. Tom Corbett’s office says he currently supports the measure.

The bill goes back to the House, which previously passed a version of the same legislation.

First Published July 8, 2014 12:00 AM

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