Published July 15, 2016
Law enforcements leaders are telling a congressional committee in Washington the Orlando area's tens of millions of tourists should be given greater weight in determining which metro areas get federal money for preventing and responding to terrorist threats, citing the recent fatal nightclub shooting.
Orlando Police Chief John Mina and Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings testified Friday at a hearing to determine why federal authorities didn't deem terrorism as a high enough threat factor in Orlando.
U.S. Rep. John Mica, who led the hearing, said he wants a reassessment of how the funding is allocated. Orlando had been left off the list.
Mica says the Pulse nightclub shooting last month shows Orlando is susceptible to a terrorist attack.
Omar Mateen opened fire at Pulse on June 12, leaving 49 victims dead and injuring 53 people.