Ahead of election, Ohio troopers OK’d for $4M more spending


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio board has approved an extra $4 million for the State Highway Patrol for the coming months as troopers help with security for next week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland and with visits by presidential candidates before the election.

A patrol spokesman says the state Controlling Board approved that budgeting increase for a fund that covers security and investigations. Lt. Robert Sellers says the panel also OK’d transferring $3.1 million of that from an emergency fund.

He says work covered by the fund includes supporting local law enforcement when extra security is needed or there’s civil unrest.

Sellers says the patrol anticipates being reimbursed for the not-yet-determined cost of helping at the convention. He says the funding approval helps ensure the patrol’s financial operations remain smooth in the meantime.

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This story has been corrected to reflect that the approved increase in the budgeted amount was about $4 million and the approved transfer from an emergency fund was part of that.

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