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March 23, 2010; WCRB-TV | A New York-based nonprofit is claiming partial credit for a decision by the Tennessee state legislature to repeal a cap on how much could be spent on foster care. Under the law, counties in which judges committed children to foster care at a rate more than three times the state average faced penalties from the state. Children’s Rights of New York, which sued Tennessee over the cap in September 2009, claimed that the law limited the ability of judges to have children removed from abusive situations out of fear of being penalized. The state had argued that the law was meant to cut costs not influence judges’ decisions. The legislature voted 95-0 to repeal the cap. The state senate took similar action earlier this month. The bill has now been sent to the governor.—Bruce Trachtenberg