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Lawmaker Says New Child Welfare Agency Will Be Different

State lawmakers will be back at the capitol next week for a special session to create the new Department of Child Safety. That new, stand-alone agency will replace Child Protective Services.

This comes after the revelation late last year that more than 6,500 reports of child abuse and neglect went uninvestigated. The plan calls for $60 million - and State Rep. Kate Brophy McGee, who was part of the group that worked on the plan, says even though lawmakers have spent money on CPS in the past, this time will be different.

For more on the plan, we also spoke to Howie Fischer of Capitol Media Services, who has seen his share of reforms to the state’s child welfare agency over the years.

Read Gov. Jan Brewer's plan (PDF).

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Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.