Money for bulletproof equipment tied to grand-jury reforms

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Plenty of issues were decoupled in the state budget that was approved Wednesday.

But some issues were able to achieve funding in the budget, even though the measures remain unresolved.

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The budget included $25 million to help municipalities fund the Raise the Age initiative and $110 million to establish facilities to house the juveniles. The measure would raise the age for juveniles to be treated as adults in criminal cases.

The budget also includes $60 million to provide new bulletproof vests and bulletproof glass for patrol cars, as well as body cameras, after a gunman killed two officers in Brooklyn in December.

But the money for the equipment is tied to enacting reforms to the grand-jury system and creating an independent monitor in police-involved deaths – proposals that came in the wake of the Eric Garner’s death last summer after an officer strangled him.

Republicans have pressed for the money for bulletproof glass, while Democrats want the grand jury reforms.

The legislative sessions runs through June 17.

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