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New Law Allows Leftover Deposits to Ease Expenses for Animal Shelters

Press release from House Republican Caucus; Feb. 9, 2012:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Hawkins County animal shelters are getting some much-needed help thanks to a new law in Tennessee.

Governor Bill Haslam this week signed into law House Bill 208—legislation authored by Representative Mike Harrison (R—Rogersville) that aids local animal shelters in Hawkins County. The law provides that in Hawkins County, forfeited deposits will be used to defray operational expenses of the programs for items like food purchases, medications, tests, upgrades for animal housing areas, or any other supplies or products that would improve the quality of life for dogs or cats in such programs. The forfeited costs may not be used to pay salaries of persons employed by any agency located within Hawkins County.

“I appreciate the Governor, Senator Southerland, and all of my legislative colleagues for their quick action on this legislation,” stated Harrison. “As lawmakers, we must always make sure we are meeting the needs of both the State, as a whole, and our local communities. This law helps take care of a need that has been identified in Hawkins County and I am happy to have ushered this through the Legislature.”

He concluded, “This is a win-win situation for our animals and our community. It will allow the shelters to better serve both.”

The language of the new law can be accessed by clicking here.

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