41-191.08. Victims' rights fund; use; exemption from lapsing
(L01, Ch. 146, sec. 2. Eff. until 7/1/18)
A. A victims' rights fund is established consisting of monies deposited pursuant to sections 8-418 and 41-2401, subsection D, paragraph 13 and legislative appropriations. Monies in the fund are subject to legislative appropriation. Monies from general fund appropriations shall be deposited in the victims' rights fund and are not subject to further appropriation. Monies from general fund appropriations are available for use on deposit in the victims' rights fund. The attorney general shall administer the fund. The attorney general shall use fund monies for the purpose of operating, improving, maintaining and enhancing the victims' rights program established pursuant to section 41-191.06.
B. Each fiscal year the attorney general may spend twelve per cent of the total victims' rights fund appropriation and general fund deposits for the purpose of performing duties mandated by title 13, chapter 40, including the costs of administering the victims' rights program under section 41-191.06.
C. Except as provided in subsections D, G and H of this section, each fiscal year the attorney general shall disburse eighty-eight per cent of the total victims' rights fund appropriation and general fund deposits to state and local entities that have previously qualified under this subsection or have demonstrated a history of need and performance according to criteria established by the attorney general. Each entity that qualifies to receive monies pursuant to this subsection shall receive monies in a percentage that is proportional to that entity's percentage of the total fund monies disbursed to all qualifying entities in the prior fiscal year. The attorney general is not a qualifying entity under this subsection.
D. Except as provided in subsections G and H of this section, each fiscal year the attorney general may disburse victims' rights fund monies to entities that do not qualify under subsection C of this section, that are financially impacted by title 8, chapter 3, article 7 or title 13, chapter 40 and that submit an implementation plan and funding request to the attorney general pursuant to guidelines adopted by the attorney general. The attorney general shall establish procedures to assess the financial impact on and the need of these entities. The attorney general shall disburse monies based on the information that is derived from the assessment. On an annual basis, as new or additional entities receive monies pursuant to this subsection, the attorney general shall proportionally adjust the percentage share disbursed to each entity pursuant to subsection C of this section.
E. Monies in the victims' rights fund shall be used to supplement, not supplant, monies that would otherwise be made available to state and local entities for funding victims' rights services and assistance.
F. Each entity that receives funding pursuant to this section shall submit an annual report to the attorney general that identifies all sources and amounts of monies that are spent for the purposes of implementing and complying with victims' rights. The report shall detail:
1. The expenditure of the monies that are awarded under the victims' rights program pursuant to section 41-191.06.
2. The number of instances in which the entity performed mandated victims' rights duties or services.
3. The level of victim satisfaction with the services.
G. Each fiscal year the attorney general shall review and evaluate the entities that receive funding pursuant to this section. The attorney general may adjust funding levels, redistribute monies or deny continued funding to an entity that fails to effectively implement or comply with victims' rights mandates.
H. Supplemental fund monies appropriated to the attorney general to expand victims' rights training and to expand the reporting of victims' feedback on services provided shall be expended according to a plan and procedures adopted by the attorney general. The attorney general shall spend the monies appropriated for costs to develop, provide, sponsor or support programs that expand the delivery and improve the quality of mandated services to victims of crime by law enforcement, prosecutorial and correctional agencies and courts.
I. The attorney general shall submit an annual report to the governor, the president of the senate and the speaker of the house of representatives that details the status of the victims' rights program under section 41-191.06, the attorney general's compliance with the program, including the level of service, and the expenditure of all monies that are appropriated for the purpose of victims' rights.
J. Monies in the victims' rights fund are exempt from the lapsing provisions of section 35-190.