Bill to ensure Police Pay Supplement Fund is not diverted for other purposes is headed to governor after State Senate gives approval

(NASHVILLE, TN), April 5, 2011 — The State Senate approved on Monday and sent to the governor a bill that would clarify that money deposited into the Police Pay Supplement Fund can only be used for supplementing police pay.  State law provides the supplement is awarded for successful completion of law enforcement in-service training.

“This bill will virtually ensure that money in the Police Pay Supplement Fund will go for the purpose in which it was intended indefinitely,” said Senator Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville), sponsor of the bill.  “This fund is very important to our law enforcement officers and is needed to enhance public safety through training.  We need it to remain for the purpose it was intended and that is what this bill will accomplish.”

Current law allows the fund to be diverted for use in the state’s general fund through the General Assembly’s budgeting process.  This legislation restricts that use so that it would require a statutory change before funds could be redirected, which is a much more difficult task that includes passage of a general bill through the legislature and the signature of the governor.

The measure, Senate Bill 682 sponsored by Representative Joe Carr (R-Lascassas) passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 91 to 4.  It would take effect upon being signed into law.

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