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Brewer calls special session over child welfare overhaul

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Gov. Jan Brewer said passing the funding to remake the state's child welfare agency is critical. (Source: CBS 5 News) Gov. Jan Brewer said passing the funding to remake the state's child welfare agency is critical. (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5/AP) -

There is little rest for Arizona lawmakers when it comes to a proposed overhaul of the state's child welfare agency.

Gov. Jan Brewer on Thursday called the state Legislature into a special session to consider her proposal to re-create the former Child Protective Services Department after the troubling disclosure late last year that more than 6,500 reports of child abuse and neglect went without investigation before they were closed.

Brewer has asked for $60 million in funding to detach the agency from its old parent department, to address any backlog of cases and beef up other services.

The new agency will also have new oversight and transparency provisions.

A board of lawmakers, 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 special session will begin Tuesday and she said she wants lawmakers to determine how to use money from the already approved state budget to fund the new Department of Child Safety.

She said the sole focus of the new agency would be the safety of Arizona's children.

The governor said passing this funding is not only necessary, but critical.

"Let's get it done. Let's get it done right. Let's get it done now," Brewer said.

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