Arizona legislature called to special session to approve CPS overhaul

PHOENIX - Arizona legislators will meet in a special session Tuesday called by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer.

They will hear a proposed bill that would make Child Protective Services a new and independent agency.

The bill also proposes adding $60 million in additional funds.

Representative Kate Brophy McGee, R-Phoenix, said, "It is the opportunity for this state to pass landmark legislation."

House Minority Whip Eric Meyer, D-Paradise Valley, said he's fairly certain the bill will pass. But he is concerned that very little of the money will go toward preventative measures.

He also added that the rise in the number of reported cases in Arizona and assignments per worker are disconcerting.

Meyer said, "I'm worried that we won't be able to carve in and start. Reducing those numbers and keeping kids out of the system."

$23 million is currently proposed to go toward eliminating the backlog of cases which currently stands at 15,000.

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