[r89] Rep. Buell's Sheriff's Compensation Bill Advances to Senate (1/28/2008)

Monday, January 28, 2008

Start Date: 1/28/2008 All Day
End Date: 1/28/2008

(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 28, 2008 - The Indiana House of Representatives on Monday passed House Bill 1108, authored by Rep. Larry Buell (R-Indianapolis). The bill seeks to cap sheriff's income to that of a county's full-time prosecutor.

"In some counties, sheriffs are 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 bill will limit sheriffs' income to an acceptable rate."

Currently, Indiana's sheriffs receive a regular salary plus money for each tax warrant they pursue. In the past, this 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, HB 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."

HB 1108 will now move to the Indiana Senate before returning to the House for final vote in March. If the bill passes both legislative bodies successfully and is signed by Gov. Mitch Daniels, the compensation limitation will not affect sheriffs until after the 2010 local elections for county sheriffs.

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Rep. Buell encourages constituents to contact him with questions or concerns through e-mail at h89@in.gov, by calling the Statehouse at 1-800-382-9841 or by writing him at 200 W. Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204.