1998 Regular Session
To: Juvenile Justice; Appropriations
By: Representative Ford
House Bill 275
(As Sent to Governor)
AN ACT TO REENACT SECTION 43-21-317, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, WHICH ESTABLISHES THE JUVENILE DETENTION FUND; TO AMEND REENACTED SECTION 43-21-317, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO EXTEND THE DATE UNTIL WHICH MONIES IN THE FUND SHALL NOT LAPSE INTO THE GENERAL FUND; TO AMEND SECTION 4, CHAPTER 546, LAWS OF 1995, AS AMENDED BY SECTION 3, CHAPTER 494, LAWS OF 1997, TO EXTEND 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 reenacted and 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 Three Dollars and Fifty Cents ($3.50) 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 until July 1, 1999, at which time such remaining funds shall lapse into the General Fund.
(3) The fund shall be used for the following purposes:
(a) To provide grants to local governmental units to construct, renovate and maintain juvenile detention facilities. Grants shall be awarded on a Three Dollars and Fifty Cents ($3.50) 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.
(4) Any grants made under the provisions of this section shall be made within eighteen (18) months of the effective date of this chapter.
SECTION 2. Section 4, Chapter 546, Laws of 1995, as amended by Section 3, Chapter 494, Laws of 1997, is amended as follows:
Section 4. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage and shall stand repealed on July 1, 1999.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.