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Open up all CPS hearings

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Posted: Saturday, March 29, 2003 11:18 pm | Updated: 1:07 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

The Arizona Legislature appears ready to pry the secrecy lid off Child Protective Services — but only by an inch or two.

Heck, we'll be pleased with any progress that lets some badly needed sunshine into the dark recesses of this troubled agency.

And that's what Senate Bill 1304 would do: As part of a pilot program, judges could open up to 10 percent of CPS hearings dealing with parental rights.

But we see no need for a pilot program. Several other states have experienced no ill effects after opening their CPS hearings, with judges having the option to close some.

Why not follow their lead?

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