03/14/19 -- HCS HB 730 -- Provides reimbursement of electronic motioning costs for those found not guilty

Bill Number: 
HCS HB 730
Bill Purpose: 
Provides reimbursement of electronic motioning costs for those found not guilty
Date of Vote: 
03/14/19
My Vote: 
Yes
Explanation: 

HCS HB 730, introduced by Representative Doug Ritchey (Republican - District 38) adds a 5% surcharge on the fees collected from those subjected to electronic monitoring by the courts (e.g. ankle bracelets).  This fee is then deposited in a newly created fund, the proceeds of which will be used to allow for the reimbursement of the monitoring fees paid by those later found not guilty.  There are no tax dollars involved in this fund - it is funded by the 5% surcharge and donations, if applicable.

This bill is a good idea, as currently one can be subjected to electronic monitoring as a condition of bail, and be fully on the hook for the costs associated even if you are later found to be not guilty.  An important part of criminal justice reform is to assure that those who are not guilty are not punished despite their innocence -- this bill provides for a small way to work in the right direction in that area, so I voted "yes".