Speaker of the House Philip Gunn and House and Senate members joined Governor Phil Bryant on Monday as he signed into law a package of bills aiming to strengthen law enforcement. The bills will provide:
$6.9 million for a new Trooper school. The last trooper school was funded in 2011. The Mississippi Highway Patrol is roughly 150 troopers short of the needed 600 troopers on the road. Another 130 troopers are currently eligible for retirement.
Funding increases for 16 additional Assistant District Attorneys in various high-case load areas around Mississippi and drug courts.
Requirement of DNA collections from persons convicted of certain crimes; Senate Bill 2430 or “Katie’s Law.”