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LA County sheriff testifies on Capitol Hill

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Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca is back in Washington, D.C. this week, testifying on Capitol Hill. KPCC’s Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde reports.

The last time L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca spoke to Congress, he was asking for money. This time, he’s testifying before a House subcommittee on crime in support of an anti-gang bill.

The measure would allow local “councils” the flexibility to create crime prevention programs. Those groups would include law enforcement, and also the courts, schools, social service agencies, mental health providers, and faith-based organizations.

The measure’s sponsor, Democrat Bobby Scott of Virginia, traveled to Los Angeles earlier this year to lobby for his bill. He’s found 225 co-sponsors – and a booster at the top of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department.