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AL lawmakers push bill to break up ALEA

(Source: WSFA 12 News) (Source: WSFA 12 News)
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Some Alabama lawmakers are pushing a bill that would return the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency to what it was before it became ALEA, breaking up the state agency that combined a dozen agencies in order to save money.

For a state that is desperate to save money, eliminating ALEA could come in handy. The agency was expected to save the state millions of dollars but instead, lawmakers say it has only been involved in controversy. And some supporters of the bill say the agency is just too top heavy.

“The fact is, we haven’t saved any money,” Rep. Allen Farley, R-House District 15, said. "I think we moved too quickly when we took the recommendation of Gov. Bentley during his first term."

Instead, two of the agencies top officials, secretaries Spencer Collier and Stan Stabler, have been involved in the controversy surrounding ex-Gov.  Robert Bentley.

Other lawmakers like Rep. Steve Clouse, R-Ozark, think it is too early to judge the program, especially since ALEA is expected to have new leadership soon.

“Right now I think that is a little bit premature," Clouse explained. "I do not think that bill will pass this year.” 

While the chances of this moving forward are slim, if things don’t change, it could become a reality.

“If the next two or three years we have not seen those results or those savings, then that piece of legislation might have a chance to move forward,” Clouse said.

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