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      State legislators approve use of tourism money for law enforcement

      Brad Dean, president of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, addressing the Board of Directors during a meeting on June 3 when the board voted to approve the funding changes provisios.

      The State House and Senate approved provisios requested by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce that would allow tourism funds to be used to help provide extra law enforcement next May.

      The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors asked for changes to be made to two sections of law to enable that money to be used to help law enforcement.

      One of the proposals would impact funds from the Department of Revenue and the accommodations tax fund, the other would impact funds from the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism and the destination specific funds.

      The measure would reassign the use of the money. If both measures are passed they could generate up to $3 million.

      The provisos were included in this year's state budget.

      The budget now goes to Governor Nikki Haley for her to approve or veto.

      This request comes in the wake of this year's violence over Memorial Day weekend, which is also the weekend of the Atlantic Beach Bikefest.

      This year there were 5 shootings in Myrtle Beach where police said they found victims, including one shooting where three people were killed at Bermuda Sands. There were 8 shootings in all.