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ACCG Legislative Update
Saturday, 26 January 2013

January 26--  The Association County Commissioners of Georgia provides counties with a weekly update on what's happening in the Georgia legislature.  Here's the report for this week.

"State legislators set aside this week to more closely examine the Governor’s proposal for the amended FY 2013 budget and the FY 2014 budget. State agencies testified before appropriations committees to explain the impact of the recommendations on programs and services. State revenues continue to show an upward trend; however, increased spending requirements in major areas such as education and healthcare combined with an uncertainty in federal funding resulted in most state agencies taking a three percent budget cut. 

Click here to review for ACCG’s budget analysis.


The Good News: Reimbursement for County Jails


One of ACCG’s priorities during the 2012 legislative session was the ability for counties to submit sentencing packages electronically to the Department ofCorrections (DOC).  Counties are not reimbursed for housing state inmates until the DOC receives and accepts the sentencing package.  In the past, this process could take months, resulting in counties housing state inmates without reimbursement.  Last year, as a part of the Criminal Justice Reform, a requirement was passed for DOC to accept electronic sentencing packages. All 159 counties are now submitting sentencing packages electronically.  The Governor’s FY 2013 Amended Budget includes an additional $14 million in funding for reimbursement to counties, bringing the total allocation for FY 2013 to $27 million.  This increase in reimbursements is a direct result of the implementation of submitting sentencing packages electronically."

To see the entire Legislative Update, click here.



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