The Arizona Legislature has quickly approved a special $6.8 million appropriation that will let the state's child welfare agency hire 192 new workers right away.
The Senate and House of Representatives voted Thursday on identical bills authorizing the spending. The money is a key part of Governor Jan Brewer's effort to remake the agency. The proposal shifts $1.1 million in the current budget and gives the agency another $5.7 million. Brewer pulled Child Protective Services from its parent agency on January 13th and made it a stand-alone department reporting to her.
Also winning approval was a $1.46 million request for the Independent Redistricting Commission and
$100,000 to fight subpoenas issued to current and former lawmakers about their communications concerning 2010's Senate Bill 1070.