Iin passing its version of 2013 spending for a number of departments and programs (H.R. 5326), the House has voted to maintain current 2012 spending levels for the COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) program.
The bill also includes increased funding for Byrne Justice Assistance Grants and Second Chance grants.
While a major victory since the bill when it came to the floor included significant cuts, the bill has a long way to go as no one expects spending bills for 2013 to be completed until after the election. Still, this sends a strong signal that there is continued support for these community based programs.
Arnold Weinfeld is Director of Strategic Initiatives and Federal Affairs for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at 517-908-0304 or by e-mail.