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Moultrie Crime Lab in Jeopardy

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By Christian Jennings - bio | email

October 30, 2008

MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) - State budget cuts could force the GBI to close the Regional Crime Lab in Moultrie.

When the Governor ordered state agencies to cut their budgets by six percent the GBI considered closing the Moultrie lab.

It could happen as soon as March of next year. Today the crime lab held an open house and passed out questionnaires to local law enforcement to get their input about the need for the lab.

State lawmakers also checked out what the lab has to offer.

"Not only is this an economic development issue but this is a public safety issue. And at the end of the day we've got tough decisions to make in state government in regards to the cuts. But we want to do what's in the best interest of the people in Southwest Georgia and that's why we're here," says Rep. Ed Rynders (R) for Lee County.

If the lab shuts down the services it provides will move to other labs in the state. Feedback