Campbell urges Bennett to call special legislative session for CPS, demand Carter’s resignation
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix (District 24), today urged Secretary of State Ken Bennett, who is currently the acting governor, to call a special legislative session to provide emergency funding for Child Protective Services. Campbell also pressed Bennett to demand the resignation of Department of Economic Security Director Clarence Carter.
“While Gov. Brewer is in Hawaii, Secretary of State Ken Bennett is the acting governor. He should call the Legislature into special session immediately so we can begin to fix our state’s broken child-welfare system.
“Under the leadership of Director Carter, CPS failed to investigate more than 6,000 reports of child abuse and neglect. As acting governor, Bennett should step up to the plate and take action. He’s done it before. In Nov. 2011, he called the Legislature into special session to promote a political agenda. This time he should use his authority to promote the safety of Arizona children.
“The bottom line is CPS needs more resources to make certain this kind of disaster does not occur again. That will take legislative action, and my colleagues and I are ready to work. We look forward to implementing the recommendations of the newly formed CARE Team, after it completes its investigation. However, we know the agency needs more funding now. Director Carter already stated he will ask for additional staff in next year’s budget. We can’t afford to wait that long.
“While he is governor, Bennett should also demand Director Carter’s resignation. Gov. Brewer has chosen to protect her appointee rather than hold him accountable for failing Arizona kids. That kind of cronyism has put children in harm’s way, and it must stop. We need someone with both the experience and the credibility to right this ship.”