For Immediate Release:
May 17, 2006
Senator Todd Lamb
Sen. Lamb Says Inadequate Funding for DA's Puts Public at Risk
The budget needs of the state's District Attorneys
have not been adequately addressed by Governor Brad Henry and Speaker
Todd Hiett. Sen. Todd
Lamb said he was terribly concerned that public safety will
ultimately suffer for it.
"The highest priority of any government should be to protect
its citizens. The budget compromise announced by the Governor doesn't
give our DA's the money they need to do their job and in fact they
could be forced to start laying off staff attorneys by this fall,"
said Lamb, R-Edmond. "That's going to delay the prosecution
of murderers, rapists and other dangerous criminals who need to
be behind bars."
Lamb said District Attorneys' offices were hard hit by Wal-Mart's
decision to privatize their bogus check collections.
"The zero-based budget that has been proposed doesn't even
take into account the $3.2 million loss from the bogus check program,"
Lamb said. "Their proposal would appropriate only $4.3 million,
but our DA's actually need a minimum $9.7 million to continue their
work protecting law-abiding citizens from dangerous criminals."
Lamb explained he has a particular interest in law enforcement because
of his background as a former Special Agent with the United States
"Often I worked with local DA's to prosecute cases and I know
they're our first line of defense in putting bad people behind bars
and I want to make sure they're properly funded," Lamb said.
"I'd like every Oklahoman to contact their legislator and let
them know they want our prosecutors to be properly funded."
For more information, contact:
Senator Lamb's Office: (405) 521-5632