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Senate OKs $2.6 million online child abuse reporting system

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.

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."

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect changes made by the Associated Press.

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