Lawmakers considering funding bill for Minnesota Attorney General's Office

Photo by: Keith Ellison - Facebook
Photo by: Keith Ellison - Facebook

(St. Paul, MN) -- Lawmakers are considering a funding bill for the Minnesota Attorney General's Office.

Attorney General Keith Ellison asked legislators at a House committee hearing yesterday for an additional four-million dollars over the next two years.

The money would be used to hire just over a half-dozen attorneys and two paralegals to assist counties with prosecuting serious crimes.

Ellison says many counties don't have the staff or expertise to handle a major case.

Two dozen of the state's county attorney offices have two or fewer attorneys on staff.