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State Rep. Orr Faces Ballot Qualification Challenge

Democrat says GOP lawmaker did not turn in enough signatures to qualify for ballot; Orr calls it 'technicality.'

AZ Week: Foster Parents, Child Advocates Demand Better System

Brewer signs 2 overhaul bills establishing department to replace CPS; years of crisis mode operation drove issue.

Gov. Jan Brewer signs Thursday two child welfare agency overhaul bills.

UPDATE: Brewer Signs Child Welfare Overhaul Bills

Legislature finalized approval earlier today; legislation creates Dept. of Child Safety, gives it about $827M in funding.

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Senate Cmte Passes $60M for Child Welfare Overhaul

Panel unanimously OKs spending Weds. morning after tough questioning of new agency director about how funds will be spent.

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CPS Special Legislative Session Begins

House Speaker Andy Tobin told his chamber he expects committee votes on the proposals Wednesday and final votes Thursday.

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Biggs: Little Disagreement in Legislature on CPS Overhaul

Brewer calls for special session Tuesday to debate legislation establishing child welfare agency, setting its budget.

Gov. Jan Brewer.

Special Legislative Session Next Week to Debate CPS Reform Bill

Legislation establishes the Department of Child Safety, provides funding; Brewer abolished state CPS earlier this new amid more than 6,500 un-investigated cases.

Budget Committee Reports State Revenue Fell $185M

Joint Legislative Budget Cmte. says tax collections for April were down; shortfall for FY 2016 is now $140M.

Governor Jan Brewer discusses multiple topics about Arizona.

Brewer Unveiling Proposal to Overhaul State CPS

Panel of lawmakers, new agency chief Charles Flanagan, governor's chief of staff worked for months to write legislation remaking the former dept.

UA College of Medicine Phoenix Campus Plans Research Building

Proposed $136M project would take 26 months to complete, pending vote from Arizona Board of Regents.

Arizona State senator Anna Tovaar discusses federal immigration policy reform and a new proposition from US senators which is expected to be released later this week.

AZ Senate Minority Leader Drops Out of Maricopa Board Race

State Sen. Anna Tovar says she is taking time off from public office to focus on her family and maintaining good health.

Gov. Jan Brewer.

Brewer Appeals Ruling Allowing Medicaid Lawsuit

Gov. Jan Brewer and AHCCCS director petitioned the Arizona Supreme Court to look into recent appellate court decision regarding state's motion to dismiss such suit.

K-12 Want Judge to Require Legislature Pay $1.7B in Lost Funds

But a Sept. ruling by the Arizona Supreme Court says state doesn't have to repay money to schools.

Brewers Wraps Up Action on All Passed Bills This Session

State Legislature adjourned last week, and governor had until Tuesday to take action on hundreds of bills; she signed 280, vetoed 25.

CPS Reform Work Begins at AZ Capitol

Lawmakers are meeting with staff to draft legislation to create a new child welfare agency.

Cities, Towns Protected from Large Insurance Liabilities in Disasters

House Speaker Andy Tobin said signed bill will help cities like Prescott following deaths of 19 firefighters in last year's Yarnell Hill Fire.

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