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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Governor Jan Brewer has called the Arizona Legislature back to the State Capitol for a special session starting next Tuesday. She's asking them to pass her reform proposal to transform Arizona's child safety system.

This after it came out child protective services failed to investigate thousands of suspected abuse cases.
   
The Governor wants to create a new state agency: the Department of Child Safety with a $60 million budget for its first year. The mission of the agency is to investigate abuse cases and protect children at risk.
   
"I am asking the Arizona Legislature to act expeditiously to get this legislation to my desk so we can begin this overdue this necessary transformation it is truly a matter of life and death," said Gov. Jan Brewer.

There have been many promises of reform over the years so what makes this one different? What makes this one any better? Well, the governor says this time there is much more of a commitment, more money, more transparency.

The man who will run it says promises a vast improvement.

"In my 28 and a half years I have never seen a state agency with so much review and overview, public involvement, a mandate for accountability," said Charles Flanagan.

Even some of the governor's staunchest critics are cautiously optimistic.

"It is new, new leadership policy and funding it is a beginning not the end, not full success in 6 months but a long recovery from the crisis we have been in," said Dana Wolf.

House Democrats added their voice, pledging their commitment to improve child safety when the special session begins next week.
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