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Arizona Legislature to OK millions in extra CPS cash

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Legislature is poised to quickly approve a special $6.8 million appropriation that will let the state's child welfare agency hire 192 workers right away.

The Senate and House of Representatives have scheduled votes Thursday on identical bills authorizing the spending.

The money is a key part of Gov. 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 Jan. 13 and made it a stand-alone department reporting to her.

Also set for votes are 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.

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