1997 Regular Session
To: Juvenile Justice; Appropriations
By: Representative Robinson (63rd)
House Bill 1255
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 43-21-317, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO INCREASE LEGISLATIVE APPROPRIATIONS TO THE JUVENILE DETENTION FUND, TO REQUIRE ADDITIONAL APPROPRIATIONS TO FUND THE OPERATIONAL COSTS OF SUCH FACILITIES, AND TO PROVIDE THAT MONIES IN THE FUND MAY BE GRANTED FOR THE OPERATION OF JUVENILE DETENTION FACILITIES; TO AMEND SECTION 4, CHAPTER 546, LAWS OF 1995, TO ELIMINATE THE REPEALER ON THE JUVENILE DETENTION FUND; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 43-21-317, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
43-21-317. (1) There is established in the State Treasury a fund to be known as the "Juvenile Detention Fund" which shall be administered by the Department of Public Safety. Such fund shall be used for the purposes established in this section. The Department of Public Safety shall promulgate regulations for the administration of the fund including applications for grants, the awarding of grants and any necessary forms therefor.
(2) The fund shall consist of funds which shall be appropriated by the Legislature in an amount equal to Five Dollars ($5.00) for each person in the total population of the State of Mississippi. Any interest which accrues in the fund shall remain in the fund and at the end of the fiscal year any monies remaining in the fund shall not lapse into the General Fund but shall remain in the fund * * *. The Legislature shall appropriate additional funding to support the continuing operations of the juvenile detention facilities.
(3) The fund shall be used for the following purposes:
(a) To provide grants to local governmental units to construct, renovate, * * * maintain and operate juvenile detention facilities. Grants shall be awarded on a Five Dollars ($5.00) per capita basis based on the population of the local governmental unit. Counties and municipalities are encouraged to enter into interlocal agreements to receive grants.
(b) To reduce existing indebtedness related to juvenile detention facilities of units of government with existing facilities, proposed facilities or facilities under construction.
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SECTION 2. Section 4, Chapter 546, Laws of 1995, is amended as follows:
Section 4. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage * * *.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.