Kristi's Kids

Jan 27, 2014 11:24 PM by Kristi Tedesco

Emergency CPS bill introduced in AZ Senate

PHOENIX - Kristi's Kids has learned that the emergency bill, to hire more CPS workers in Arizona, has been introduced in the Senate.

State Senator, Steve Farley is a prime sponsor of the measure. He tells Kristi's Kids, the bill must pass through both chambers (the house and senate) before it can make its way to Governor Jan Brewer's desk for her signature. The emergency bill was requested by the Governor, so she is expected to sign it.

The measure calls for about $6.8 million dollars to hire 146 case workers and supervisors, four assistant program managers, thirty case aides and a dozen support staff. This is above and beyond the hires that Governor Brewer called for in her proposed budget.

All of this, after last year's revelation that more than 6,500 calls to the CPS hotline... that should have been investigated... fell through the cracks.

Just last week, Governor Brewer announced her plans to dissolve CPS as we know it. With lawmaker approval, the newly-created "Division of Child Safety and Family Services" will oversee child abuse and neglect in Arizona. The director will be a member of her cabinet, reporting directly to the Governor.

Stay with News 4 Tucson and Kristi's Kids for the latest developments.

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