Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Legislation delayed over bond bill fight

Legislation delayed over bond bill fight: "A dispute over a proposed bail bond fee has stopped other local bills for Mobile County in the House of Representatives, and a resolution to the issue may not be coming soon.

State Rep. James Buskey, D-Mobile, has filed contests to six local bills because of concerns over legislation sponsored by state Rep. Jim Barton, R-Mobile. Barton's bill, HB 528, would impose a $25 processing fee on bail bonds, paid by the person charged with the offense. The revenue would go into the Mobile County Law Enforcement and Firefighters' Pension Fund.

Buskey said in an interview Friday that the pension fund was already funded through the Mobile Greyhound Park, and that the bill would require one group of people to pay for another."

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