New Senate Bill to Consolidate Law Enforcement

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By Ellis Eskew

 

Governor Bentley signed an executive order Tuesday hiring Homeland Security Director Spencer Collier as the state's senior law enforcement adviser. It's in hopes of saving you tax dollars by re-organizing law enforcement and pubic safety throughout the state.

 

But Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh has another plan. He wants to eliminate Homeland Security all together.

 Senate Bill 48 is about consolidation-- reducing law enforcement and saving the state 260 million dollars over the next ten years.

Sen. Marsh says his proposal is the product of years of research.

"This bill came about through 2 years of study with people in the law enforcement profession and in addition to that we looked at other states to see what they have done in the past many years. So we really had the ability to see what has worked and what has not worked," says Marsh.

The proposal takes the state's 21 agencies. Seven of those would be left alone including:

The Attorney General's Office, individual District Attorney offices, Emergency Management, Securities Commission, Department of Mental Health, Ethics Commission, and Department of Forensic Sciences.

The remaining 13 agencies would fall into 3 categories within the Public Safety Agency:

-The Dept. of Investigations

-The Department of Public Safety

-The Department of Public Safety Training

So, what does that mean for you?

Marsh says less tax dollars and possibly even more safety.

 "It will make sure that no services are compromised to the public. They will still get the same good service they have gotten in the past. And we think even better. But it eliminates a middle layer of management over time and it makes it more efficient to the people of this state and less tax dollars to the people of this state," said Marsh.

As for jobs, positions would be eliminated over time. For example, if someone retired, the position wouldn't necessarily be filled.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was determined that one of the 21 agencies-- investigative and compliance personnel within in the licensing and regulatory boards-- was not included in the proposed model.

 

 

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