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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.
Lawmakers said most sheriffs handled their food funds correctly. The Alabama Sheriffs Association supports the bill.
The House passed the bill by a vote of 102-0.

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