2021 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB1800 (Conference Report)

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Evaluation of Fund Sources for Enforcement of Controlled Substances (language only)

Item 391 #2c

Item 391 #2c

Public Safety and Homeland Security
Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security


Page 471, after line 13, insert:

"G. The Secretary, in consultation with the Department of Planning and Budget, and the Secretary of Finance, as well as appropriate public safety or other  agency staff, shall evaluate existing funding that has been previously authorized for the enforcement of laws related to controlled substance prohibition. The Secretary shall identify, for controlled substances which have recently been decriminalized or legalized, sources of funding that are authorized for enforcement activities, including funding dedicated to patrol, arrests, incarceration, training, or other activities, that may be saved and reallocated towards other programs. The Secretary shall report on the information required in this paragraph to the Chairs of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance and Appropriations Committees by December 1, 2021."


(This amendment directs the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security to evaluate available base funding in the budget in order to identify savings pursuant to the reduction or elimination of penalties for the possession of controlled substances that may be reallocated to drug treatment and rehabilitation programs.)