The Joint Ways and Means Subcommittee on Public Safety passed the budget for district attorneys and their deputies, House Bill 5014, unanimously on May 9. House Bill 5014 will now go to the full Joint Committee on Ways and Means for further consideration.

The budget that passed contained no policy option packages (POPs), and kept to a base level budget of current service level funding for the salaries of the 36 district attorneys and tort liability insurance. The budget was reduced from the previous biennium because there was a one-time funding package that paid for staff and equipment needs of three counties subject to a pilot program that started grand jury recordation. A budget note was also included which will require counties and district attorneys offices to submit their office budgets for review. This will potentially give the Legislature information on how much counties contribute to the state prosecution function.