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AG Cooper disagrees with Senate plan to move SBI


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Attorney General Roy Cooper is speaking out against Republican plans to move the state bureau of investigation out of his control.

The Senate's budget plan calls for the move to an appointee of the governor's choosing. Supporters say the change moves all the investigating agencies into one department.

If the budget is approved, starting July 1 more than 400 SBI positions will be transferred from the Department of Justice to the Department of Public Safety.

"It's been that way for 75 years," Cooper said during a visit to Wilmington. "They've done an excellent job. I don't see any need to change it."

Sen. Thom Goolsby (R-9th District), who supports the move, says it will save the state nearly $2 million a year.

"It will improve it greatly," Goolsby said. "They will be able to work with Alcohol Law Enforcement, State Highway Patrol and Emergency Management."

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"to an appointee of the governor's choosing"

I know the Republicans essentially won the last NC election, and for the most part I'm fine with that, but ......its starting to get just a tad heavy-handed around here.

When it starts to be all about political maneuvering .... it's time for the rest of us to start worrying.

Of course he does not want

Of course he does not want to lose control of the SBI. Funny when they were thinking of sending ALE to the SBI years ago they did not want that either. I know the SBI does not want to be associated with the likes of ALE and the SHP and I cant say I blame them.