2002 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Committee Approved)

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Homeland Security and Terrorism Response (language only)

Item 459 #5h

Item 459 #5h

Public Safety
State Police, Department of

Page 332, after line 18, insert:
"D.  The Department of State Police shall defer the implementation of the division of drug law enforcement established pursuant to Chapter 600 of the Acts of Assembly of 2000, and shall redirect all resources heretofore provided for that purpose by the General Assembly to homeland security, gathering of intelligence on terrorist activities, preparation for response to terrorist attack and any other activity determined by the Governor to be crucial to strengthening the preparedness of the Commonwealth against the threat of natural disasters and emergencies.  Nothing in this item shall be construed so as to prohibit the Department of State Police from performing drug law enforcement or investigation as otherwise provided for by the Code of Virginia."

(This amendment authorizes the Department of State Police to redirect approximately $8.9 million in general fund resources for the biennium to homeland security and related activities to ensure the preparedness of the Commonwealth to respond to natural disasters and emergencies of all kinds, including terrorist attack. This action allows the Department to utilize up to 60 trooper positions that were authorized by the 2000 General Assembly to specialize in activities related to homeland security.)