ALEA Warns of Cuts for Agency
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is warning if the Legislature’s proposed cuts for the agency go through, there could be four offices left in the entire state issuing driver’s licenses come next March. State Secretary of Law Enforcement Spencer Collier said in a news conference today in Scottsboro that his department could in no way manage a driver’s license function with these cuts. Collier went onto say that a proposed 22 to 47 percent cut for the agency is unacceptable, and would mean the agency budget could be $40 million, down from $55 million last year. The cuts would force officials to close 33 field offices that operate on a part time basis. By January, 12 offices would be left and on March 1st, the only offices issuing driver’s licenses would be in Mobile, Montgomery, Birmingham and Huntsville.