(STATEHOUSE) March 11, 2008 - Gov. Mitch Daniels on Tuesday signed House Enrolled Act 1108 (HEA 1108) into law. The law, authored by state Rep. Larry Buell (R-Indianapolis), creates limitations on the annual salary received by sheriffs who receive a regular salary plus money for tax warrants they pursue.
"In some counties, sheriffs were receiving an income way beyond what is reasonable," said Rep. Buell. "For example, one of Indiana's sheriffs once made about $360,000 per year. This law will limit sheriffs' income to an acceptable rate."
In the past, the additional income sheriffs receive through tax warrants has led to some sheriffs' incomes that are much higher than the county's prosecutor, who receives a regular salary. While many sheriffs self-regulate and refuse to take an income that is disparate with the county prosecutor, as is the case with Marion County's sheriff, HEA 1108 will mandate that all Indiana sheriffs do the same.
"Sheriffs and prosecutors have different roles to serve, but they are regarded generally as a law-enforcement team," said Rep. Buell. "Sheriffs, like prosecutors, are people of integrity who will continue to serve their communities well with this reasonable compensation limit."
HEA 1108 becomes effective Jan. 1, 2009.
Gov. Daniels had already signed 41 bills into law as of March 10, 2008. To keep track of bills as they make their way to the governor's desk, visit http://www.in.gov/gov/3246.htm.
Rep. Buell encourages constituents to contact him with questions or concerns through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, by calling the Statehouse at 1-800-382-9841 or by writing him at 200 W. Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204.