2005 Regular Session
By: Senator(s) Albritton
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 27-104-13, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO PROVIDE THAT THERE SHALL BE NO REDUCTION IN BUDGETS RELATED TO THE CIVIL AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 27-104-13, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
27-104-13. The State Fiscal Officer shall have the right to disapprove or reduce and revise such estimates of general funds and state-source special funds for any general fund or special fund agency, and for the "administration and other expenses" budget of the Mississippi Department of Transportation, in an amount not to exceed five percent (5%) if he finds that funds will not be available within the period for which the budget is drawn, or if he finds that the requested expenditures, or any part thereof, are not authorized by law, and such action shall be reported to the Legislative Budget Office. The State Fiscal Officer may, upon his determination of need based upon a finding that funds will not be available within the period for which the budget is drawn, transfer funds as provided in Section 27-103-203, from the Working Cash-Stabilization Reserve Fund to the General Fund to supplement the general fund revenue. In the event that the estimates of general funds and state-source special funds of all general fund and special fund agencies, and of the "administration and other expenses" budget of the Mississippi Department of Transportation, have been reduced by five percent (5%), additional reductions may be made but shall consist of a uniform percentage reduction of general funds and state-source special funds to all general fund and special fund agencies, and to the "administration and other expenses" budget of the Mississippi Department of Transportation. Any state-source special funds reduced under the provisions of this section shall be transferred to the State General Fund upon requisitions for warrants signed by the respective agency head and said transfer shall be made within a reasonable period to be determined by the State Fiscal Officer.
For the purpose of this section, "state-source special funds" shall be construed to mean any special funds in any agency derived from any source, but shall not include the following special funds: special funds derived from federal sources, from local or regional political subdivisions, or from donations; special funds held in a fiduciary capacity for the benefit of specific persons or classes of persons; self-generated special funds of the state institutions of higher learning or the state junior colleges; special funds of Mississippi Industries for the Blind, the State Port at Gulfport, Yellow Creek Inland Port, Pat Harrison Waterway District, Pearl River Basin Development District, Pearl River Valley Water Management District, Tombigbee River Valley Water Management District, Yellow Creek Watershed Authority, or Coast Coliseum Commission; special funds of the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks derived from the issuance of hunting or fishing licenses; and special funds generated by agencies whose primary function includes the establishment of standards and the issuance of licenses for the practice of a profession within the State of Mississippi.
It being vital to the maintenance of the economy and economic growth of the state and for the maintenance of law and order in the state that the criminal and civil justice systems continue to function; there shall be no reduction in the budgets of the district attorneys, including salaries of district attorneys, assistant district attorneys, investigators, office allowance and in-state travel; the Supreme Court justices, Court of Appeals justices, the circuit and chancery court judges, the in-state travel for those justices and judges and the budget of the Administrative Office of Courts; the Mississippi Office of Capital Post-Conviction Counsel and the associated in-state travel and the Mississippi Office of Capital Defense Counsel and the associated in-state travel; and the Office of the Attorney General.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2005.