HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Leaders at the State House are lending their ear to law enforcement in Madison County. House Speaker Mike Hubbard sat down with area police chiefs and staff from the district attorney's office. The speaker told WHNT NEWS 19 legislators don't plan to ignore law enforcement in Madison County.
A team of heavy-hitters, including an assistant district attorney, deputy, police chiefs, district attorney and representatives huddled up in court. All talked about law enforcement concerns leading into 2014.
"It means a lot to us to know we are not in it alone and we have friends in Montgomery," said Madison County District Attorney Robert Broussard.
Broussard is Madison County's Chief Prosecutor. Mike Hubbard is Alabama's Speaker of the House.
Hubbard and his colleagues at the State Capitol are seeking feedback from those who serve and protect.
"We`re asking people who actually do it, day-in and day-out, what we can do to improve things," said Alabama Speaker Mike Hubbard.
Hubbard told WHNT NEWS 19 areas of new technology, radio and data communications, a statewide database and forensic sciences are among the state's list of priorities. He believes improving all means lawmakers will have to be more efficient with money.
"Of course, these guys are doing it from a law enforcement standpoint. We need to make sure we are on the front lines doing it from a state standpoint," added Hubbard.
Hubbard said the biggest challenge for lawmakers when it comes to giving more money to state departments is managing two budgets. Our state has a budget designated for education and another for the general fund.