SB 184 - This act imposes a $25 surcharge on all felony court proceedings involving drugs; offenses against the person; sexual offenses; robbery, burglary, and arson; stealing; and weapons, except when charges are dismissed or when costs are to be paid by the state or political subdivision.
Fifty percent of the surcharge will be deposited in the Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) Fund, to be administered by DESE. The department, in conjunction with participating local law enforcement, will develop a program for gang resistance training in school districts in need of such services, as determined by the department. The program is intended to help children understand how gang violence affects communities and how to resolve conflicts without violence. The remaining 50% of the funds collected will be used to provide matching grants to school districts to fund the after-school reading retreat program.
The provisions of this act terminate on December 31, 2010.
This act is similar to SB 1347 (2004).