S.B. 265





Chief Sponsor: Luz Robles

House Sponsor: Eric K. Hutchings

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies the uses of the Law Enforcement Services Account.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    provides that funds available in the Law Enforcement Services Account may be
             13      distributed to law enforcement agencies based on the number of contracted halfway
             14      house beds and the number of parole violator center beds occupied within their
             15      jurisdiction.
             16      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             17          None
             18      Other Special Clauses:
             19          None
             20      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             21      AMENDS:
             22           51-9-412 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2013, Chapter 439
             24      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             25          Section 1. Section 51-9-412 is amended to read:
             26           51-9-412. Law Enforcement Services Account -- Funding -- Uses.
             27          (1) As used in this section:

             28          (a) "Account" means the Law Enforcement Services Account.
             29          (b) "Commission" means the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice created in
             30      Section 63M-7-201 .
             31          (c) "Halfway house" means a facility that houses parolees upon release from prison or
             32      houses probationers who have violated the terms of their probation.
             33          (d) "Law enforcement agency" means a local law enforcement agency.
             34          (e) "Parole violator center" means a facility that houses parolees who have violated the
             35      conditions of their parole agreement.
             36          (2) There is created a restricted account within the General Fund known as the "Law
             37      Enforcement Services Account."
             38          (3) (a) The Division of Finance shall allocate funds from the collected surcharge in
             39      accordance with Subsection 51-9-401 (1)(c) to the account, but not to exceed the amount
             40      appropriated by the Legislature.
             41          (b) Money in the account shall be appropriated to the commission to administer and
             42      distribute to law enforcement agencies providing services directly to areas with halfway houses
             43      or parole violator centers, or both.
             44          (4) The commission shall allocate funds from the account to local law enforcement
             45      agencies on a pro-rata basis determined by:
             46          (a) the number of beds in each agency's jurisdiction for increased enforcement in areas
             47      with halfway houses [or parole violator centers, or both.];
             48          (b) the average daily number of occupied beds in a parole violator center in each
             49      agency's jurisdiction; or
             50          (c) both Subsections (4)(a) and (b).
             51          (5) A law enforcement agency may use funds received under this section only for the
             52      purposes stated in this section.
             53          (6) For each fiscal year, any law enforcement agency that receives funds from the
             54      commission under this section shall prepare, and file with the commission and the state auditor,
             55      a report in a form specified by the commission. The report shall include the following:
             56          (a) the agency's name;
             57          (b) the amount received;
             58          (c) how the funds were used, including the impact on crime reduction efforts in areas

             59      with halfway houses or parole violator centers, or both; and
             60          (d) a statement signed by both the agency's or political subdivision's executive officer
             61      or designee and by the agency's legal counsel that all funds were used for law enforcement
             62      operations related to reducing criminal activity in areas with halfway houses or parole violator
             63      centers, or both.
             64          (7) The commission shall report in writing to the legislative Law Enforcement and
             65      Criminal Justice Interim Committee annually regarding the funds allocated under this section,
             66      including the amounts and uses.

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