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NC General Assembly united on moving SBI

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RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina's General Assembly appears united on moving the State Bureau of Investigation from the control of the elected attorney general to an agency within Gov. Pat McCrory's administration.

The House budget unveiled Tuesday joins with Senate with plans to move the investigative agency from Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper's agency to the state Department of Public Safety. Department head Frank Perry was appointed by McCrory.

The House proposal would shift the SBI and the Alcohol Law Enforcement Section, but keep the State Crime Lab within Cooper's office. The Senate proposed moving the lab to the department.

Perry supports the move. He says it will improve law enforcement and intelligence in North Carolina and streamline communication with federal officials.

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