- Associated Press - Thursday, March 3, 2016

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - In a story March 1 about the Michigan Senate approving the creation of a $2.6 million online reporting system for child abuse and neglect cases, The Associated Press, relying on information from state Sen. Judy Emmons, reported erroneously that the state has a backlog of such cases. It does not.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Senate OKs $2.6 million online child abuse reporting system

A Michigan department will soon likely have to put together a new $2.6 million online reporting system for child abuse and neglect cases, after the Senate approved legislation Tuesday that’s now headed for Gov. Rick Snyder’s office

By MICHAEL GERSTEIN

Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan department will soon likely have to put together a new $2.6 million online reporting system for child abuse and neglect cases after the state Senate approved legislation that’s headed for Gov. Rick Snyder.

The Senate passed the bill 37-1 Tuesday. The bill’s Republican sponsor, Sen. Judy Emmons of Sheridan, says she’s hopeful it will end up costing less.

A fiscal analysis of the bill says people who come into contact with kids like medical professionals, social workers, counselors and teachers would have to make an immediate phone call to a central state office or create an online report upon hearing of child abuse or neglect.

Currently, an oral report is mandated that Emmons calls “archaic.”

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