State lawmakers of the Commission of Government, Legislation and Constitutional Affairs approved a bill that seeks to create once again the state Department of Public Safety.

The agency, that was shut down by now former Governor Jaime Bonilla was proposed to reopen by incoming Governor Marina Avila.

The Department of Public Safety was originally created about two decades ago during the administration of Governor Eugenio Elorduy. The project sought to address crime in the state, but homicides and other crimes had eventually and gradually increased.

Under Gov. Bonilla, tasks previously assigned to the Department were turned to the Attorney General’s office.

As proposed by Gov. Avila lawmakers seek to reassign such responsibilities to the new Department.

The bill also includes provisions to make the state more efficient in service providing. Once approved, the proposal was turned to the Assembly Floor.

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