The Associated Press, 3/31/9

The cybercrime center in Attorney General Jim Hood’s office could get up to a half-million dollars more in state funding if Gov. Haley Barbour signs a bill that increases fines to generate the money.

The House and Senate passed the final version of the legislation on Monday. It increases fines on some misdemeanors and felonies by $1. Those fines would include traffic citations and fish and game violations. If Barbour signs the bill, the law would go into effect July 1.

Senate Judiciary B Chairman Gray Tollison said the fine increases should generate up to $500,000 a year for the unit that tracks and prosecutes Internet crimes that include child pornography.

“We need to prosecute these people who are committing these Internet crimes,” said Tollison, D-Oxford.