Jindal to decide EBR fee

East Baton Rouge’s plan to generate funds for a misdemeanor detention facility is headed to Gov. Bobby Jindal’s desk.

The plan, contained in Senate Bill 478, would implement a warrant recall fee on all persons who fail to appear as ordered on all misdemeanor offenses and traffic offenses where a warrant for arrest has been issued.

The Louisana Senate gave final legislative approval Monday as it voted 35-0 to accept House changes to the measure sponsored by state Sen. Dan Claitor, R-Baton Rouge. Similar legislation was filed by state Rep. Alfred Williams, D-Baton Rouge.

The warrant recall fee would be assessed in 19th Judicial District Court, Family Court as well as the Baton Rouge, Baker and Zachary city courts. The fee would be $50 in all but Baton Rouge City Court.

No more than four warrant recall fees can be imposed by each judge against a person.

All funds collected would be placed in a special Misdemeanor Detention Fund and funds only be to pay expenses associated with the operation of a misdemeanor facility.

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber supported the legislation.

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