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Proviso allows victims fund to help with police body cameras

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The Senate's budget-writing committee has approved a proposal that would allow local governments to use extra money from their funds to assist the victims of crimes to buy body cameras.

The Senate Finance Committee passed state Sen. Vincent Sheheen's proviso Thursday.

The Camden Democrat says the victims' assistance accounts often end up with extra money, especially in smaller counties. The fund collects money from court costs and traffic fines.

A Senate subcommittee passed a bill Wednesday that would require all law officers in South Carolina to wear body cameras within about a year of it becoming law. But the proposal did not say how to pay for the cameras.

Even if the proposal stays in the budget, senators say a lot more money must be found.

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