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Concerning individuals employed by government in the field of law enforcement, and, in connection therewith, prohibiting certain political activities by county sheriff's office employees.
2023 Regular Session
Elections & Redistricting
Local Government
Bill Summary

The bill requires a county sheriff in a county with a population of 25,000 or more to possess a bachelor's degree or higher in criminal justice or a related field.

The bill requires candidates for the offices of county sheriff and district attorney to petition onto the ballot and prevents those candidates from being nominated as a candidate for a primary process election. Relatedly, the bill also prevents a ballot from listing the political affiliation of candidates for the offices of county sheriff and district attorney and excludes county sheriffs and district attorneys from party committees.

Lastly, the The bill prohibits county sheriff's office employees from: participating in specified political activities.

  • Soliciting money on behalf of a political campaign;
  • Using their official position to make a public endorsement of a candidate for elected office, to reflect their personal political feelings as those of the county sheriff's department, or to exert pressure on anyone to influence that person's political views;
  • Display political advertising or paraphernalia on the employee's body or automobile while on duty or in uniform; and
  • Display political advertising on county land, buildings, or equipment.

The bill includes a penalty for violating these provisions of up to one thousand dollars and potentially dismissal from the service of the county sheriff's office.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)




Bill Text

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details