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S.B. 259

             1     

VICTIM REPARATIONS FUND AMENDMENTS

             2     
2014 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Chief Sponsor: Mark B. Madsen

             5     
House Sponsor: Brian S. King

             6     
             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill amends provisions related to the Crime Victim Reparations Fund.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    allocates appropriated funds under the Crime Victim Reparations Fund to the Office
             13      for Victims of Crime.
             14      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             15          None
             16      Other Special Clauses:
             17          None
             18      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             19      AMENDS:
             20           51-9-404 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2013, Chapter 400
             21     
             22      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             23          Section 1. Section 51-9-404 is amended to read:
             24           51-9-404. Crime Victims Reparations Fund -- Public Safety Support Account --
             25      Distribution of surcharge amounts.
             26          (1) In this section:
             27          (a) "Reparation fund" means the Crime Victim Reparations Fund.


             28          (b) "Safety account" means the Public Safety Support Account.
             29          (2) (a) There is created an expendable special revenue fund known as the "Crime
             30      Victim Reparations Fund" to be administered and distributed as provided in this part by the
             31      Utah Office for Victims of Crime under Title 63M, Chapter 7, Part 5, Utah Office for Victims
             32      of Crime, in cooperation with the Division of Finance.
             33          (b) Money deposited in this fund is for victim reparations, [criminal justice and
             34      substance abuse,] other victim services, and, as appropriated, for administrative costs of the
             35      [Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice under Title 63M, Chapter 7, Criminal Justice
             36      and Substance Abuse] Office for Victims of Crime in Title 63M, Chapter 7, Part 5.
             37          (3) (a) There is created a restricted account in the General Fund known as the "Public
             38      Safety Support Account" to be administered and distributed by the Department of Public Safety
             39      in cooperation with the Division of Finance as provided in this part.
             40          (b) Money deposited in this account shall be appropriated to:
             41          (i) the Division of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) as described in Title
             42      53, Chapter 6, Peace Officer Standards and Training Act; and
             43          (ii) the Office of the Attorney General for the support of the Utah Prosecution Council
             44      established in Title 67, Chapter 5a, and the fulfillment of the council's duties.
             45          (4) The Division of Finance shall allocate from the collected surcharge established in
             46      Section 51-9-401 :
             47          (a) 35% to the Crime Victim Reparations Fund;
             48          (b) 18.5% to the safety account for POST, but not to exceed the amount appropriated
             49      by the Legislature; and
             50          (c) 3% to the safety account for support of the Utah Prosecution Council, but not to
             51      exceed the amount appropriated by the Legislature.
             52          (5) (a) In addition to the funding provided by other sections of this part, a percentage of
             53      the income earned by inmates working for correctional industries in a federally certified private
             54      sector/prison industries enhancement program shall be deposited in the Crime Victim
             55      Reparations Fund.
             56          (b) The percentage of income deducted from inmate pay under Subsection (5)(a) shall
             57      be determined by the executive director of the Department of Corrections in accordance with
             58      the requirements of the private sector/prison industries enhancement program.


             59          (6) (a) In addition to other money collected from the surcharge, judges are encouraged
             60      to, and may in their discretion, impose additional reparations to be paid into the Crime Victim
             61      Reparations Fund by convicted criminals.
             62          (b) The additional discretionary reparations may not exceed the statutory maximum
             63      fine permitted by Title 76, Utah Criminal Code, for that offense.




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