Policy: Budgets & Deficits

Arizona lawmakers to mull CPS budget additions

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Associated Press,Arizona,Budgets and Deficits,Family Issues

PHOENIX — The Arizona Legislature's appropriations and human services committees plan meetings on Gov. Jan Brewer's proposal for overhauling the state's child welfare agency.

The Senate and House committees will meet Wednesday and are expected to pass bills making the changes and authorizing $60 million in new funding.

Brewer proposed the overhaul after revelations late last year that more than 6,500 abuse and neglect reports were closed without investigation.

A panel of lawmakers, new agency chief Charles Flanagan, Brewer's chief of staff and others worked for months to write legislation remaking the former Child Protective Services department. The new agency will also have new oversight and transparency provisions.

The full Legislature could vote on the bills Thursday after Brewer called them into a special session to enact the overhaul.

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