The Arizona Legislature has taken the first step needed to give Gov. Jan Brewer more than $6.8 million to allow the state's child welfare agency to hire 192 new workers right away.
The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the $6.8 million supplemental funding proposal Tuesday. It shifts $1.1 million in the current budget to the Department of Economic Security and gives the agency another $5.7 million.
Brewer asked for the money in addition to a $74 million request to remake Child Protective Services included in her proposal for the budget year beginning July 1.
Also approved was a $1.4 million request for the Independent Redistricting Commission. The committee also voted to appropriate $100,000 for lawyers fighting subpoenas issued to current and former lawmakers about their communications concerning 2010's Senate Bill 1070.
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