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Updated Feb 18, 2014 - 5:11 pm

Republican bill targets border security

PHOENIX — A House committee has approved a $5 million appropriation for
new communications equipment in Cochise County that Republicans hope will
increase border security.

House Bill 2188 sponsor Rep. Carl Seel of Phoenix says the new communications
system is much needed.

The system would allow public safety personnel such as the sheriff’s office and
local police and firefighters to communicate via stronger signals, especially in
remote areas.

It also would connect various agencies to one central system.

The bill originally called for $20 million, but was reduced to $5 million in
part because of two multi-million-dollar private donations.

The House Committee on Government approved the bill unanimously after a tense
discussion about border security.

It must be approved by two other committees before going to the House floor for
a vote.

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