2002 Regular Session
To: Public Utilities
By: Representative Ellis
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 63-9-31, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO REQUIRE THE IMPOSITION OF A SURCHARGE ON CERTAIN TRAFFIC VIOLATION CITATIONS ISSUED BY MISSISSIPPI HIGHWAY SAFETY PATROL OFFICERS FOR THE PURPOSE OF FUNDING THE AUTOMATION OF CITATIONS ISSUED BY HIGHWAY PATROL OFFICERS AND A WIRELESS RADIO COMMUNICATIONS PROGRAM; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 63-9-31, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
63-9-31. (1) In addition to any other monetary penalties and other penalties imposed by law, any county or municipality which participates in a * * * wireless radio communications program approved by the applicable governing authorities may assess an additional surcharge in an amount not to exceed Ten Dollars ($10.00) on each person upon whom a court imposes a fine or other penalty for each violation of Title 63, Mississippi Code of 1972, except offenses relating to vehicular parking or registration. * * * On all citations issued by Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol officers, a surcharge in the amount of Ten Dollars ($10.00) shall be collected by the court and deposited as provided in subsection (2) of this section. The proceeds from the surcharge on citations issued by county and municipal law enforcement officers may be used by a county or municipality only to fund that county's or municipality's participation in the * * * wireless radio communications program by funding public safety wireless communications systems and related computer and communications equipment. The proceeds from the surcharge on citations issued by Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol officers shall be used as provided in subsection (2) of this section. All proceeds from the surcharge imposed by this subsection shall be deposited into a special fund in the Department of Public Safety's Office of Public Safety Planning * * *. The Office of Public Safety Planning shall promulgate rules and procedures relating to the administration of the special fund and the disbursement of monies in the fund to participating governmental entities. The maximum amount that a governmental entity may receive from the special fund shall be an amount equal to the deposits made into the fund by that entity, less one percent (1%) to be retained by the Office of Public Safety Planning to defray the costs of administering the special fund. Interest earned on the special fund shall remain in the fund and shall be used by the Office of Public Safety Planning to further defray the costs of administering the special fund.
(2) Deposits into the special fund resulting from citations issued by the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol shall be utilized as follows: Fifty percent (50%) of the deposits into the special fund shall be used to automate the citations issued by Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol officers (including the transmittal of citations to the justice court, retrieval of the disposition from the justice court, and updating the driver's records) and fifty percent (50%) of the deposits into the special fund shall be used for the purpose of funding wireless communications and related computer equipment, subject to the approval of the Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services.
(3) Approval of a * * * wireless radio communications program must be given by the applicable governing authorities when:
(a) The program includes the sharing of support facilities, including, but not limited to, towers, shelters and microwave, by participating entities; or
(b) The program includes the establishment of a mutual aid system using common radio frequency channels between participating entities; or
(c) The program sets forth a feasible methodology that utilizes the radio frequency spectrum in an efficient manner.
(4) Participating counties, municipalities and the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol must provide notification of facilities available for interoperability to the Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services annually.
(5) Counties and municipalities participating in a * * * wireless radio communications program and the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol must comply with competitive bidding requirements prescribed in Section 31-7-13 and are encouraged to utilize an open architecture, nonproprietary system.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2002.