U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today announced that the Fiscal Year 2009 Commerce, Justice and Science (CJS) Appropriations bill, which was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee yesterday, includes significant funding for a number of law enforcement and scientific research programs across Tennessee.
“This bill brings federal investment to important law enforcement and scientific research programs across our state,” said Alexander, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and its Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee. “These programs will help keep our cities and towns safe and maintain our nation’s brainpower advantage, so we can keep American jobs from going overseas.”
The FY09 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations bill includes funding for the following projects:
- $1.25 for the Tennessee Statewide Methamphetamine Task Force to continue providing comprehensive training and integrated equipment, which will allow officers to more effectively report lab seizures, quarantine contaminated sites, and track and target serious and repeat offenders.
- $1 million for the Memphis Regional Law Enforcement Project to combat an increase in violent crime and gang activity in the greater Memphis area, which combines resources from the City of Memphis, Shelby County, University of Memphis and the Shelby County District Attorney General.
- $350,000 for the University of Tennessee Law Enforcement Innovation Center to address the need for safer communities through the advanced training of state and local law enforcement leaders.
- $200,000 for the University of Tennessee Space Institute for Atmospheric Science Research to acquire the specialized atmospheric and environmental research instrumentation to enhance the understanding of major climate, weather, and health related issues.
- $400,000 for NASA’s Virtual Learning Magnet School for Space Science and Math program, a competitively awarded program administered by NASA to promote science education and encourage young people to seek careers in science based fields.
Following its approval by the Senate Appropriations Committee, the FY09 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations bill must now be considered by the full Senate.