Tue 10 Jul, 2012 08:06 pm
The Legislature's finance committee has approved a state Justice
Department request for another $788,600 to hire more workers
to process concealed carry gun license applications.
DOJ has been grappling with a deluge of license applications since
the Republican-authored concealed carry legislation took effect in November.
As of mid-June the agency was receiving more than 2,000 applications per week.
The agency asked the Joint Finance Committee for permission to spend
$788,548 from application revenue to hire eight more two-year workers,
a new firearms unit supervisor and additional office supplies.
Committee members had until Monday to object to the request.
The panel's Republican co-chairs, Sen. Alberta Darling and Rep. Robin Vos,
said in a letter Tuesday that no one had objected and the request was approved.
[All emfasis has been added by David.]