Arizona House passes bill to limit child abuse investigations from hotline calls
PHOENIX – The House has passed a bill that would cut the number of child abuse hotline calls that require full investigations to focus child safety workers on cases that actually involve abuse and neglect.
Republican Rep. Kate Brophy McGee said the change will cull out calls that are impossible to investigate and clog the already overburdened system.
Opponents said not investigating hotline calls is what led to the overhaul of the state child welfare office just two years ago.
The House passed House Bill 2522 on a 49-10 vote Wednesday afternoon. It will now move to the Senate.
Democratic Rep. Rebecca Rios said the measure could create a chilling effect that may lead people to stop calling in cases of abuse and neglect.