HARRISBURG – Reducing crime in Pennsylvania was the focus of Thursday’s Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing with state Attorney General Michelle Henry.
Senate Republicans took on rising crime last year with two public hearings to receive input from local police chiefs, prosecutors, human trafficking victim advocates and key community groups. It was followed by passage of several measures to support law enforcement and crime victims.
Attorney General Henry has requested a 16.3% increase in her office’s operating budget.
Senator Martin on Holding Criminals Accountable, Resources for Law Enforcement, Drug Treatment and More
- Preventing the flow of illegal drugs into Pennsylvania communities remains a high priority for both the Attorney General and lawmakers. Task forces have been established in counties throughout the Commonwealth to address the addiction crisis.
- The Safe2Say Something anonymous threat reporting system created by lawmakers in 2018 and managed by the Attorney General has seen a 250% increase in tips in the past year.
- Despite significant laws enacted to prevent human trafficking and related offenses, these crimes continue to impact communities throughout the state.
- Coordination between the Attorney General and local law enforcement is a key facet of public safety, particularly in the Child Predator Section.
You can find the hearings schedule, livestreams, daily recaps and video from prior hearings at PASenateGOP.com.
CONTACT: Jason Thompson