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Idaho Attorney General asks JFAC for budget increase

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Posted at 4:47 PM, Jan 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-29 06:27:35-05

Idaho's Attorney General is asking lawmakers for four new deputy attorneys to help handle the increased caseload created as the state continues to grow.

Lawrence Wasden asked the legislature's Joint Finance Appropriations Committee (JFAC) for money to hire the new attorneys for the departments of labor, correction, and transportation. The fourth attorney would work directly out of the Attorney General's office.

Wasden also thanked lawmakers for continuing to fund his Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force that cracks down on sexual predators.

“In the last two years you’ve provided funding to add three full time investigators across the state. As a result, we’ve seen a substantial increase in our ability to investigate crimes against children, especially in areas that were previously under served," Wasden said.

Lawmakers won't start setting state agency budgets for another few weeks.