Missouri bill would let sheriffs collect jail fees

Friday, May 17, 2013 | 1:04 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri lawmakers have passed a measure that would allow county sheriffs to divert income tax refunds and lottery winnings to pay jail debts.

The House voted 122-31 on Friday to send the bill to Gov. Jay Nixon. It cleared the Senate 33-0 on Thursday.

State law requires people confined in county jails for state crimes to reimburse those counties for the cost of incarceration.

Debtors would also not be able to obtain hunting or fishing licenses until they pay up. The Missouri Sheriffs' Association estimates unpaid jail boarding fees statewide total about $3 million.

The measure was sponsored by Republican Sen. Brian Munzlinger of Williamstown.


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