Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Governor Jan Brewer OK’s Millions In CPS Money

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has signed legislation giving the state's child welfare agency enough cash to hire 192 new workers right away. The Senate and House of Representatives voted last week to approve the extra $6.8 million in spending. Brewer pulled Child Protective Services from its parent agency on January 13th and made it a stand-alone department reporting to her. The action was triggered by revelations that more than 65-hundred child-abuse and neglect reports had intentionally not been investigated. Brewer also signed a special appropriation bill Thursday giving $1.46 million to the Independent Redistricting Commission, which is fighting lawsuits contesting Legislative and congressional maps approved in 2012. She also approved a $100,000 appropriation to fight subpoenas issued to current and former lawmakers about their communications concerning 2010's Senate Bill 1070.

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