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Legislative Opinions Concerning Terrorism Response Funding and Likelihood of Attack: The Case of Texas

NCJ Number
Critical Issues in Justice and Politics Volume: 2 Issue: 2 Dated: June 2009 Pages: 57-70
James J. Vardalis; Shannon N. Waters
Date Published
June 2009
14 pages
This article examines State representatives' opinions regarding terrorism threats and related concerns.
Law enforcement funding, training, and equipment for terrorism prevention and response continues to be obtained through budgets approved and submitted to local governments by local agencies. However, recent substantial increases in financial support have emerged by way of requests to State government agencies. State representatives have a critical role in locating, supporting, and endorsing the funding of proposals for terrorism-related issues. Little is known about State representatives' opinions regarding terrorism threats and related concerns. Based on a survey of the 150 Texas State representatives in 2009, the authors were able to extract some important findings on this subject. The opinions contained in the current survey included how important legislators felt it was to locate funding for terrorism-related issues for local law enforcement and how likely legislators felt a terrorist attack or event was in Texas. Based on the evidence collected and analyzed, a number of important findings are discussed. (Published Abstract)


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