Sheriffs in line for more state funding

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Sheriffs are in line for more state funding, under a bill that is nearing final legislative passage with support from the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday. 

Currently, the state pays parish sheriffs $24.39 per day for any state inmates housed in local jails after a final sentence. 

The proposal (House Bill 562) by Rep. Joe Lopinto, R-Metairie, would require the state also to reimburse sheriffs for housing people who are arrested for parole violations and awaiting a parole revocation hearing, after they’ve been in the local jail for 14 days. 

The rate would be cut in half for the upcoming 2014-15 fiscal year and set at $20.89 in future years, subject to lawmakers deciding each year if they agree to fund the add-on. Next year’s budget already includes $7 million for the new payments. 

Lopinto’s bill, already approved by the House, moves next to the full Senate for debate.

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