SEC. 43-19-47. Employment by child support unit of staff attorneys.
(1) The child support unit of the state department of public welfare, in cooperation with the attorney general, may appoint at least one (1) full-time staff attorney in or for each chancery court district for the purpose of initiating proceedings under the provisions of sections 43-19-31 through 43-19-53 in securing child support and establishing paternity. The qualifications and annual salary of each of the attorneys appointed by the child support unit, in cooperation with the attorney general's office under the provisions of sections 43-19-31 through 43-19-53 shall be fixed at such sums as may be deemed proper in accordance with the salaries of other full-time employed state attorneys. Such salaries, inclusive of all reimbursable travel and other expenses, inclusive of financial arrangements perfected with the appropriate courts, the law enforcement officials and the district attorneys, shall be paid monthly from the funds appropriated to the child support unit of the state department of public welfare.
(2) To assist in the implementation of the provisions of sections 43-19-31 through 43-19-53, the commissioner of public welfare is empowered to enter into cooperative agreements with district attorneys, county attorneys and attorneys employed by the county boards of supervisors. Said cooperative agreements shall be made in compliance with the regulations established by the secretary of the department of health and human services, and may be funded either by funds appropriated to the child support unit of the state department of public welfare or funds appropriated by any county board of supervisors in this state for their respective county.
SOURCES: Laws, 1976, ch. 483, Sec. 9; 1983, ch. 393, Sec. 5, eff from and after July 1, 1983.