Governor Orders Funding for Justice Cabinet

Governor Fletcher is exercising his gubernatorial powers to provide funding for Kentucky State Police, the Department of Corrections and the Department of Juvenile Justice.

The order comes after the House failed to act on House Bill 262 during the recent legislative session.

Under the order, Kentucky State Police will receive an additional $3.3 million to maintain the current trooper force and preserve existing levels of law enforcement services.

The Department of Corrections will receive $10.4 million to accommodate the cost of additional inmates and pay medical bills.

The Department of Juvenile Justice will receive $2.7 million to preserve operations at current service levels.

The governor’s request has been reviewed by the state budget director and general counsel who said the governor has the power to exercise this authority in extraordinary circumstances.

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