Ala. House Panel OKs Law Enforcement Consolidation

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Legislation to consolidate a number of state law enforcement agencies into one organization has moved within one step of final passage.

The House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee Wednesday approved the bill to consolidate various agencies into the Alabama State Law Enforcement Agency. The bill is sponsored by Republican Sen. Del Marsh of Anniston and is supported by Gov. Robert Bentley. Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange endorsed the measure Wednesday.

The bill now goes to the full House for debate and possible final passage.

Strange says consolidating law enforcement agencies will make them stronger and give them the ability to operate more efficiently.

Strange says he hopes savings from the consolidation can be used to give state troopers a pay increase.

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