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      SC House budget proposal boosts law enforcement

      The budget proposal headed for debate by the South Carolina House includes roughly $50 million to boost state law enforcement and better secure prisons.


      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The budget proposal headed for debate by the South Carolina House includes roughly $50 million to boost state law enforcement and better secure prisons.


      The House Ways and Means spending plan for 2013-14 calls for hiring 25 agents to supervise parolees, 10 natural resource officers and 15 people at the State Law Enforcement Division. It would also add 18 highway troopers through a personnel shift.


      Rep. Mike Pitts says public safety agencies need to be restored following recession-era budget cuts. His subcommittee's plan would represent the second consecutive year of employee increases. Still, officers' ranks wouldn't return to 2008 levels.

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