Joint Finance redirects some opioid settlement funds to law enforcement

Budget BLOG

The Joint Finance Committee voted today to redirect $3 million to law enforcement that the state is receiving from a multi-million-dollar opioid settlement.

The GOP-run committee today approved changes to how the Department of Health Services had originally proposed to use the $31 million in funding the state will receive in 2022 as part of a settlement with three drug distributors and one manufacturer.

In all, the GOP motion changed how the state will allocate $5.75 million.

The $3 million will go toward a competitive grant program for law enforcement to treat jail inmates, treatmen...

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