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May 2, 2013 9:41 PM by Associated Press

Foster kid immunization bill becomes law

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill allowing Arizonans to become foster parents even if their own children haven't been immunized.

The law signed Thursday does not affect the state's requirement for immunizations for foster children.

Brewer said in a letter to Senate President Andy Biggs that she hoped Senate Bill 1108 will help Arizona find more homes for foster children.

But Brewer says she directed the state Department of Economic Security to develop a policy restricting the placement of young children and infants in homes where foster parents have not immunized their own children.

She says the state must ensure foster children remain healthy and safe.

Democratic lawmakers in the GOP-led Legislature had opposed the bill, saying it will put foster children at risk.


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