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Invest In Crime Lab Training, Leading Lawmaker Says

State lawmakers are looking for ways to fix the problems at the state crime lab. An outside audit that found past problems in the blood lab largely put the blame on poor leadership and substandard training. Fayetteville Democrat Rick Glazier co-chairs a panel that will recommend changes at the lab. Even though lawmakers are facing a huge budget shortfall, Glazier says they have to find money for better training. "The costs of not doing that are far, far greater than whatever those costs are gonna be," he said. "We're talking about the cost of confidence of a state in its laboratory. We're talking about cases where we may be getting the wrong guy while the real perpetrator is loose. And those costs are not acceptable at any level." Some critics of the lab say lawmakers should move it out of the SBI and make it independent. Senate President Marc Basnight supports that idea. Glazier says that decision will come later.