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Allen’s bill won’t have adequate funding

I wish to thank the Payson Roundup for this opportunity to respond to Senator Sylvia Allen’s guest column on her sponsored legislation, SB 1083, to create the Arizona Special Missions Unit (SMU). First, let us review what the bill would do. It appropriates $1.4 million each year from the Gang and Immigration Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission (GIITEM) fund. It establishes a “commander” of the unit to be appointed by the governor. It raises a force of about 300 volunteers. It compensates volunteers for five days of initial training, five annual days of training and one day per month of drill exercises.

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