2008 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Merricks
Co-Patron(s): Armstrong
HB 599 Restoration Amendment Requirement (language only)

Item 397 #19h

Item 397 #19h

Public Safety
Criminal Justice Services, Department of

Page 367, after line 17, insert:
"3.  If revenue collections exceed the official revenue estimates for fiscal year 2009, the Governor shall submit budget amendments in the 2010 Regular Session to restore reductions made in state funding provided to localities operating police departments in accordance with §§ 9.1-165 through 9.1-172, Code of Virginia."

(This amendment provides language expressing legislative intent that the Governor restore funding for the HB 599 program. Funding for local police departments may become more important as economic conditions possibly lead to an increase in the commission of crimes. The Department of State Police recognizes the effective strength of a locality's police force as a factor affecting the rate of crimes committed in a community.)