Senate budget proposal changes SBI

Submitted by Melissa Hankins
Monday, May 20th, 2013, 7:32pm

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV)- The North Carolina Senate released its state budget proposal late Sunday night.

It’s a  $20.6 billion dollar plan that includes adjustments to Medicaid, education reform, and a big change for the State Bureau of Investigation.

Senate leaders have been looking for ways to trim costs, and to prevent any tax increases, and they’re proposing consolidation as a tool to do so.

But the SBI proposal is starting to look like a convoluted case.

Attorney General Roy Cooper stood with a dozen law enforcement officers today to oppose the move. Cooper says putting the SBI under McCrory’s control could create a conflict of interest, and that it would cripple the organization’s independence and investigative techniques.

The SBI currently handles public corruption cases, and in the past it’s investigated more than 500 public officials, including the past two governors’ administrations.