- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - Gov. Doug Ducey has signed a bill expected to cut the number of child abuse hotline calls requiring full investigations to allow child safety workers to focus on cases that actually involve abuse or neglect.

Republican Rep. Kate Brophy McGee’s proposal was backed by the Department of Child Safety and was designed to cull out calls that are impossible to investigate. Opponents say not investigating hotline calls is what led to the overhaul of the state child welfare office just two years ago.

Department of Child Safety officials testified that some reports now requiring mandatory investigations either are so old or so lacking in basic information that opening an investigation is a waste of resources.

The Senate and House both overwhelmingly backed the proposal that Ducey signed Tuesday.

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