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Sheriffs agree to halve proposed jail rate increase

Amid concerns from Senate GOP leaders, the Idaho Sheriffs Association has agreed to cut in half its requested increase in county jail payments for housing state prisoners. Mike Kane, the association’s lobbyist, told the Senate Judiciary Committee this afternoon that his organization will go along with amendments to take the current $40 per day rate up to $45, rather than to $50, next year, cutting the cost to the state general fund for the increase in half. HB 465 earlier passed the House on a 47-20 vote; its fiscal impact as currently written was estimated at $2.19 million. The Senate committee agreed to send HB 465 to the Senate’s 14th Order for amendments.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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