Gov. Mike DeWine hoping to pass gun reforms, increase funding for police body cameras through budget bill

Gov. Mike DeWine hoping to pass gun reforms, increase funding for police body cameras through budget bill

Gov. Mike DeWine, seen during an Aug. 25, 2020 news conference COLUMBUS, Ohio – Gov. Mike DeWine is taking another tack to pursue his package of of gun-related reforms after the state legislature blocked his previous attempt, saying he’s now planning to introduce them as part of his state budget proposal. DeWine’s budget plan, released as a summary document on Monday , included specific proposals DeWine said are meant to reduce gun crimes, including funding that will either award grants to local police departments or boost state support to help them investigate crimes. One measure would spend $10 million to help local police departments buy body cameras – only 183 of Ohio’s roughly 900 law enforcement agencies currently have them. DeWine billed another measure — which would spend $6.5 million to expand a state agency that helps local police forensically search phones and other electronic devices seized from suspected major drug traffickers — as a way to reduce gun violence, since he said many drug traffickers also trade in stolen guns that are eventually used to commit crimes. DeWine also proposed spending $8 million to fund “gun crime intelligence centers” and other local police initiatives aimed at reducing crime. But DeWine said more language will be coming soon that will spell out which aspects of his gun-reform plan, which he calls STRONG Ohio, also will be part of his budget bill when it’s eventually introduced within the next two weeks. “The budget I introduced really supports STRONG Ohio in […]

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