Raleigh, N.C. — The attorney general would continue to oversee the State Bureau of Investigation under the budget House lawmakers will roll out next week.
Senate budget-writers had proposed moving the SBI from the Department of Justice, which is headed by Attorney General Roy Cooper, to the Department Public Safety, which is overseen by a gubernatorial appointee.
Senators say they believe the shift will allow different units of law enforcement share resources and save money.
But Gov. Pat McCrory says he opposes the move, saying he already has enough on his plate. Cooper, along with some other law enforcement officials oppose the move, saying it would interfere with his ability to investigate public corruption cases.
The House budget eschews the shift. However, it does instruct the attorney general to move the state's crime lab to be an independent unit in his department. Currently, the crime lab is a division of the SBI.