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MadCo leaders ask for investment in forensics

County leaders met with Hubbard Friday. County leaders met with Hubbard Friday.

Madison County law enforcement and judicial leaders told Mike Hubbard the state needs to make a major investment in the state forensics lab in Huntsville in order to alleviate major delays in trials and investigations.

The backlog in the forensics lab is not a new issue. The state has cut the lab's budget for the last several years and even closed a lab in Florence, causing more delays because Shoals law enforcement now has to process evidence in Huntsville.

Speaker Hubbard said concerns have come from police chiefs, investigators, and the Madison County District Attorney's office. He said the state is limited on cash, although he understands if something is corrected, it will not only benefit people in Madison County, but also the surrounding counties that use the lab.

"I will be utilizing Representative Johnson from a House standpoint and doing some investigating and finding out what we can do," said Hubbard. "But I can tell you it is on our radar in a big way."

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