Brewer OKs millions in extra CPS cash

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed legislation giving the state's child welfare agency enough cash to hire 192 new workers right away.

The Legislature voted last week to approve the additional $6.8 million in spending.

Brewer pulled Child Protective Services from its parent agency on Jan. 13 and made it a stand-alone department reporting to her. The action was triggered by revelations that more than 6,500 child-abuse and neglect reports had intentionally not been investigated.

Brewer on Thursday also signed a special appropriation bill giving $1.46 million to the Independent Redistricting Commission, which is fighting lawsuits contesting legislative and congressional maps approved in 2012.

She also approved a $100,000 appropriation to fight subpoenas issued to current and former lawmakers about their communications concerning a 2010 immigration enforcement law.

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