Republicans Create ‘Secret’ Police Force

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( – North Carolina Republicans have been blasted over a measure included in their state budget which critics argue would allow the formation of a “secret police force.” According to the measure, the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations would be allowed to expand its authority and launch investigations into local government agencies and “non-State” entities that were gaining access to public funds.

This budget would essentially give the Republican-controlled committee access to any documents that are connected to contracts that State agencies are awarded. Democrats have also expressed concerns about how this measure constitutes overstepping and have argued that based on the text of the measure agents would be allowed to enter the homes of government contractors and subcontractors in order to gain access to the vast array of documents covered.

However, the Republicans have opposed these claims and have maintained that the expansion of the committee’s authority would allow for better oversight, especially following the state’s response to the recent hurricanes and COVID-19 pandemic.

Allison Dahle, a state Representative, argued that the investigative body would in essence be a “secret police floor.” She also warned that this measure would provide legislative employees and legislators with a “carte blanche” letting them look into all entities that have received funding from the state. She further argued that the measure would allow the “secret police form” to enter law firms that had received state funding for court-appointed lawyers, and look into documents breaking the attorney-client privilege that would normally exist.

State Senator Graig Meyer also warned about the intrusive nature of this budget in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter.

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