HB 612 - This act modifies provisions relating to the possession of contraband in jails and prisons and tax collection by regional jail districts.
TELECOMMUNICATIONS DEVICES IN JAILS - 217.360 & 221.111
Under current law, it is a crime to possess, deliver, deposit, or conceal certain items in a prison or jail. This act adds two-way telecommunications devices and their component parts to the list of prohibited items.
This act provides that the prohibition on telecommunications devices does not apply to law enforcement officers lawfully engaged in their duties or any person who is authorized to use such a device in the facility.
This provision is nearly identical to SB 252 (2015) and is identical to a provision of SCS/HCS/HB 807 (2015) and SCS/SBs 112, 212, 143, & 234 (2015).
REGIONAL JAIL DISTRICTS - 221.407
Currently, regional jail districts are authorized to impose a sales tax of up to 1/2% on sales in the district. The authority to impose this tax expires on September 30, 2015. This act extends the authority of the districts to collect the tax until September 30, 2027.
This provision is identical to SB 258 (2015), HB 639 (2015), HCS/SCS/SB 245 (2015), HCS/SB 364 (2015), SB 897 (2014) and HB 1923 (2014). This act is similar to a provision in HCS/HB 2112 (2014), CCS/HCS/SB 584 (2014), and HCS/SCS/SB 824 (2014).