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Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Another Giant Step forward
BLOGGER COMMENTS: Here it is, folks. We can thank the previous sheriff of Morgan County and Etowah County for the changes we hope are approved in the next few weeks. We are nearing the home stretch to final passage:
Alabama House passes bill restricting sheriffs’ use of jail food funds (IT WAS UNANIMOUS! 102 - 0)
A bill to restrict sheriffs from using money allocated for feeding inmates in county jails for other purposes was passed by the Alabama House of Representatives tonight.
The bill, by Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, was amended by the House and will have to return to the Senate before getting final passage.
In addition to placing new controls on the food money, the bill increases the state allowance to county sheriffs from $1.75 a day to $2.25 a day. The House stripped a provision that would have automatically increased the allowance by 2 percent a year starting in 2021.
The bill also sets up an emergency fund that counties could turn to in the event of cost overruns.
The bill came in response to some high-profile examples of sheriffs pocketing leftover food money.
Etowah sheriff pockets $750k in jail food funds, buys $740k beach house
Some Etowah County residents question how a county sheriff making a five-figure annual salary can afford to own multiple houses, including one worth nearly three-quarters of a million dollars.
Lawmakers said most sheriffs handled their food funds correctly. The Alabama Sheriffs Association supports the bill.