Sep 15 2004


Senate Appropriations Committee Passes Commerce-Justice-State Appropriations Bill

U.S. Senator Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced funding for Alabama projects included in the Fiscal Year 2005 Commerce-Justice-State Appropriations Bill.

Sen. Shelby said, “The passage of this bill reiterates our commitment to funding extremely important initiatives in Alabama and across the country.”

National Fatherhood Initiative - $3 Million
Sen. Shelby said, "This bill provides $3 million for the National Fatherhood Initiative. This project will study the causes and consequences of out-of-wedlock childbirth, including the impact illegitimacy has on criminal activity and welfare dependence. The funds will also be used to develop and promote pro-family practices as a solution to these problems. The Initiative's work will be conducted by a consortium which includes the National Fatherhood Institute and the Alabama Policy Institute."

National Center For Missing and Exploited Children - $29.9 Million
Sen. Shelby said, “The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) has helped to locate thousands of missing children and has coordinated with law enforcement agencies throughout the nation to develop protocols for preventing child abduction and abuse. The funding they will receive will help NCMEC maintain and expand their National Resource Center and Clearinghouse, the training program provided by the Jimmy Ryce Law Enforcement Training Center, the police technology project, LOCATER; expand the NetSmartz Workshop, and address other items.”

Auburn University - National Textile Center - $10 Million
Sen. Shelby said, “The National Textile Center trains textile industry engineers and scientists, and conducts state-of-the-art research projects. These activities are essential for the U.S. textile industry to maintain its global competitiveness.”

Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program - $112 Million
Sen. Shelby said, “The Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program continues to be a success story by partnering federal, state, public and private entities in order to assist small and mid-sized American manufacturers modernize so that they may compete in the global marketplace.”

University of South Alabama, Mobile Bay Oyster Recovery Program - $1 Million
Sen. Shelby said, "The University of South Alabama, in cooperation with the Alabama Department of Conservation, will use the $1 million included in this legislation to continue conducting surveys and work on the reseeding program in Mobile Bay. The program will attempt to restore productive oyster reefs in areas that have experienced reef loss due to environmental and harvesting factors. A resurgence of the oyster beds will significantly impact the water quality and clarity in Mobile Bay, as well as assist the Bay in fostering survival of sea grass meadows and marine species such as blue crab, sea trouts, and some snappers and grouper."

University of South Alabama - Youth Violence Prevention Research - $1 Million
Sen. Shelby said, “The funding provided in this legislation will allow the University of South Alabama, in conjunction with the Alabama Department of Youth Services, to conduct a research service project targeted at reducing juvenile violence and crime. The project will involve the creation and evaluation of juvenile justice programs and will focus on programs targeted toward rural areas where the largest percentage of increases in juvenile crime have occurred in recent years.”

Orange Beach Coastal and Estaurine Land Acquisition - $1 Million
Sen. Shelby said, “These funds will provide the City of Orange Beach the opportunity to acquire Robinson Island in order to preserve and protect the island’s natural habitat and resources.”

Gulf State Consumer Education Programs - $1 Million
Sen. Shelby said, “This funding will be used for the Gulf state regulatory agencies and Gulf state non-profit business associations to implement an effective education program focusing on Vibrio Vulnificus within their respective states. The industry council has proven the ability to produce and distribute invaluable information to consumers on the concerns with oyster consumption. In working with state regulatory agencies, the non-profits will be able to provide important information to educate the consumer and ensure that “at-risk” populations are properly informed and that the general public is an educated consumer.”

City of Huntsville Police Department - $350,000
Sen. Shelby said, “The Huntsville Police Department (HDP) is in the process of overhauling technologies at their headquarters and in their patrol vehicles, and these funds will be used to upgrade the electrical capabilities of patrol vehicles to accommodate the new technology. In addition, The HPD will use the funds to participate in a pilot project involving the development of a law enforcement data sharing network including the states of Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, and Virginia. This highly refined and integrated data sharing network will improve regional law enforcement cooperation by allowing agencies to share criminal record information as well as records about people and incidents in real time.”

Regional Information Sharing System - $40 Million
Sen. Shelby said, “The Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) Program is composed of six regional centers that share intelligence and coordinate efforts against criminal networks that operate in many locations across jurisdictional lines. Typical targets of RISS activities are drug trafficking, terrorism, violent crime, cybercrime, gang activity, and organized criminal activities.”

Alabama Bureau of Investigation's Missing Children Program - $700,000
Sen. Shelby said, “This project will provide funding to increase available resources for Missing and Exploited Children investigations. The funding will bolster this critical program and provide the necessary resources for the ABI to quickly and efficiently recover missing children and prosecute the offenders. Investigative resources will include personnel and equipment, training, as well as resources for public education issues surrounding Missing & Exploited Children.”

Jefferson County Commission, Regional Video Conferencing System - $475,000
Sen. Shelby said, “The Jefferson County Commission will use these funds for a video conferencing system, which will allow state prisoners and their attorneys to communicate via video from prisons to the Jefferson County Criminal Justice Center. This system will allow the cases to be managed more efficiently and will save the County several hundred thousand dollars per year.”

The Dispute Resolution Program at Faulkner University in Montgomery - $1 Million
Sen. Shelby said, “These funds will be used for training law students in dispute resolution, workshops for teachers, social workers, attorneys, and court personnel on mediation techniques and training, and placement of student externs in public court systems, state agencies, and public institutions to help mediate and resolve disputes. Considering the case load of the state and federal judicial systems, it is important to provide citizens with alternatives to resolving disputes that will free the judiciary to handle those cases that deserve judicial action.”

Council on Substance Abuse-National Commission Against Drunk Driving in Montgomery for the Community of Prevention and Intervention program - $750,000
Sen. Shelby said, “These funds will be used for a new, innovative and cost-effective approach to illegal drug demand reduction. The Community of Prevention and Intervention (COPI) Program is a continuum of substance abuse prevention, intervention, treatment and aftercare for youth. COPI employs the latest in Internet-based applications to extend and enhance existing treatment health services and educational prevention programs.”