Mo. Senate Panel Mulls Bill to Collect Jail Fees

3 years 10 months 3 weeks ago January 17, 2013 Jan 17, 2013 Thursday, January 17 2013 Thursday, January 17, 2013 9:07:01 AM CST in News
By: Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A Missouri Senate panel is considering legislation that would divert lottery prize money and income tax refunds to pay off a winner's county jail debts.

State law currently requires a person confined in a county jail for a state crime to reimburse the county for the cost of the incarceration. Missouri also taps lottery winnings for unpaid child support and health care services.

The bill is sponsored by Republican Sen. Brian Munzlinger, of Williamstown. Those who owe would also forfeit their concealed weapons permit and be ineligible for hunting or fishing licenses.

The Missouri Sheriffs' Association currently estimates $3 million in unpaid jail boarding fees throughout the state.

The committee did not vote on the legislation Thursday.

 

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