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Bill limits child abuse investigations from hotline calls

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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 says the change will cull out calls that are impossible to investigate and clog the already overburdened system.

Opponents say 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 now moves to the Senate.

Democratic Rep. 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