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Governor Jan Brewer says she has signed an executive order that "abolishes [Child Protective Services] as we know it."
Brewer made the announcement Monday afternoon in her final State of the State speech.
See also: Jan Brewer "Abolishes CPS as We Know It"
Among the bills turned in early this legislative session is a proposal to create a registry of convicted animal abusers.
The bill, sponsored by Democratic Senator Steve Farley and Democratic Representative Andrew Sherwood, calls for the Arizona Department of Public Safety to run the registry, similarly to how it currently operates the state's sex-offender registry.
Carmen Figueroa, the Arizona Department of Public Safety detective who had to resign after discovering that she wasn't in the country legally, had a near-perfect record as a police officer.
Figueroa's resignation became a national story last month, as Figueroa had believed what her parents told her since she was young -- that she was born in Texas. When her brother, who's in the military, applied for a passport, the State Department investigated their citizenship, and informed the siblings they were actually born in Mexico.
A review of the 10 years' worth of records in Figueroa's personnel file, released to New Times last week, shows a single incident Figueroa was disciplined for in her law-enforcement career.
Insults, condescension, personal attacks. Hey, it's all in a days work for Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, particularly when it comes to the issue of legalized pot-smokin', which he recently debated on Channel 3's Sunday Politics Unplugged show with state Representative Ruben Gallego.
Gallego, a Democrat, whose wife, Kate, recently won a hard-fought race for a seat on the Phoenix City Council, has announced plans to drop a marijuana-legalization bill during this legislative session.
Monty, being the über-conservative Republican prosecutor that he is, staunchly opposes any such effort in Arizona. Similarly, he's been a loud critic of voter-approved medical marijuana and has done everything in his power to derail it.
The segment, which aired January 12, opened with a clip of one of Monty's press conferences in which he dismissed legalization as a "dumb idea" and tagged supporters of legalization as "either ignorant or indifferent."
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