SR 780 - Senate Nonviolent Felony Substance Abuse Impact Study Comm. - create

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A resolution creating the Senate Nonviolent Felony Substance Abuse Impact Study Committee.

Harbison, Ed (15th)
Status Summary HC: SC: Rules LA: 03/18/98 S - Read 1st time
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3/18/98 Read 1st time

SR 780                                              LC 9 9752 
                             A RESOLUTION 
  1- 1  Creating the Senate Nonviolent Felony Substance Abuse Impact 
  1- 2  Study Committee; and for other purposes. 
  1- 3  WHEREAS, the number of persons incarcerated in this state 
  1- 4  for nonviolent felonies has increased substantially in 
  1- 5  recent years; and 
  1- 6  WHEREAS, many of these nonviolent felonies involve substance 
  1- 7  abuse and the results of drug addiction; and 
  1- 8  WHEREAS, a comprehensive study of the availability, 
  1- 9  effectiveness, and costs of rehabilitation programs and the 
  1-10  cost effectiveness of the rehabilitation of nonviolent 
  1-11  felons who are suffering from substance addictions and abuse 
  1-12  in addition to their incarceration in penal facilities for 
  1-13  all or part of their sentences would be beneficial to this 
  1-14  body in the formulation of public policy to reduce 
  1-15  recidivism and relieve the citizens of this state from the 
  1-16  burden of drug related crimes; and 
  1-17  WHEREAS, programs which focus on supervised treatment and 
  1-18  carefully considered alternatives in addition to 
  1-19  incarceration and which are designed to return a person to 
  1-20  being a productive member of society should be carefully 
  1-21  studied. 
  1-23  created the Senate Nonviolent Felony Substance Abuse Impact 
  1-24  Study Committee to be composed of five members of the Senate 
  1-25  to be appointed by the President of the Senate.  The 
  1-26  President of the Senate shall designate a member of the 
  1-27  committee as chairperson of the committee.  The chairperson 
  1-28  shall call all meetings of the committee. 
  1-29  BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the committee shall undertake a 
  1-30  study of the conditions, needs, issues, and problems 
  1-31  mentioned above or related thereto and recommend any actions 
  1-32  or legislation which the committee deems necessary or 
  1-33  appropriate.  The committee may conduct such meetings at 
  1-34  such places and at such times as it may deem necessary or 
  1-35  convenient to enable it to exercise fully and effectively 
  1-36  its powers, perform its duties, and accomplish the 
  2- 1  objectives and purposes of this resolution.  The members of 
  2- 2  the committee shall receive the allowances authorized for 
  2- 3  legislative members of interim legislative committees but 
  2- 4  shall receive the same for not more than five days unless 
  2- 5  additional days are authorized by the President of the 
  2- 6  Senate.  The funds necessary to carry out the provisions of 
  2- 7  this resolution shall come from the funds appropriated to 
  2- 8  the Senate.  In the event the committee makes a report of 
  2- 9  its findings and recommendations, with suggestions for 
  2-10  proposed legislation, if any, such report shall be made on 
  2-11  or before December 31, 1998.  The committee shall stand 
  2-12  abolished on December 31, 1998. 

Clerk of the House
Robert E. Rivers, Jr., Clerk
Last Updated on 04/20/98