“They would have the choice to use their tax dollars to support their law enforcement,” said Rep. Houston Gaines, R-Athens, who handled Duncan’s bill in the House. “Let’s help our law enforcement community.”
Police and sheriffs’ offices would be required to allocate the money to do things such as provide bonus pay and make other improvements to their departments. They could not use the money for hiring more police.
No police foundation would be allowed to receive more than $3 million a year, in hopes of spreading the tax credit cash to as many departments as possible.
Duncan on Wednesday called the bill “symbolic of what can happen when leaders seek solutions beyond the scope of government and promote good policy.”
“Our legislation serves as a model for government entities around the country to adopt within their own states and communities,” he said.