HB1580 - GARDENING PROGRAM - Whiteside, Dale
HB1580 CORRECTIONS GARDENING PROGRAM.
Sponsor: Whiteside, Dale (7) Effective Date: 00/00/00
CoSponsor: LR Number: 3547-02
Last Action: COMMITTEE: CORRECTIONAL & STATE INSTITUTIONS
02/27/96 - Reported Do Pass with amendments (H)
HB1580
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COMMITTEE

HB 1580, HCA 1 -- GARDENING PROGRAM IN PRISONS

SPONSOR:  Whiteside

COMMITTEE ACTION:  Voted "do pass" by the Committee on
Correctional and State Institutions by a vote of 8 to 0.

This bill requires the Department of Corrections to establish a
program of gardening/orchard type operations in any of its new
facilities that come on line after August 28, 1996.  Land used
for the program cannot exceed 5 acres.  Food produced will be
used in the inmate feeding program, with surpluses to be donated
to charitable organizations.  Labor will be done by inmates
using hand-held equipment.

HCA 1 -- Limits the program to inmate classification levels of
1,2, and 3.  It also allows the program to be done at treatment
facilities.

FISCAL NOTE:  Cost to General Revenue Fund of $0 in FY 97,
$640,352 in FY 98, and $501,815 in FY 99.

PROPONENTS:  Supporters say that this bill will be beneficial to
the inmates and the department by providing fresh fruits and
vegetables to the inmates, providing a good work environment for
those individuals wishing to participate in the program, and
saving the department money in the buying of produce.

Testifying for the bill was Representative Whiteside.

OPPONENTS:  There was no opposition voiced to the committee.

Bob Dominique, Research Analyst


INTRODUCED

HB 1580 -- Gardening Program

Sponsor:  Whiteside

This bill requires the Department of Corrections to establish a
pilot program of gardening/orchard type operations at two of its
facilities by January 1, 1997.  Land used for the program can
not exceed 5 acres.  Food produced will be used in the inmate
feeding program, with surpluses sold or donated to charitable
organizations.  Labor will be done by inmates using hand-held
equipment and any profits from the program will be placed in the
department's working capital revolving fund.

This pilot program expires January 1, 2002.


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