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Senate OKs $2.6 million online child abuse reporting system

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LANSING, MI (AP) -

A Michigan department will soon likely have to put together a new $2.6 million online reporting system for child abuse and neglect cases after the state Senate approved legislation that's headed for Gov. Rick Snyder.

The Senate passed the bill 37-1 Tuesday. The bill's Republican sponsor Sen. Judy Emmons of Sheridan says she's hopeful it will end up costing less, but says it's necessary to reduce a backlog of abuse or neglect reports.

A fiscal analysis of the bill says people who come into contact with kids like medical professionals, social workers, counselors and teachers would have to make an immediate phone call to a central state office or create an online report upon hearing of child abuse or neglect.

Currently, an oral report is mandated that Emmons calls "archaic."

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