Base and discretionary amounts of compensation; hearing; certification and payment.
(a) If an applicant's eligibility is verified by the Division of Risk Management, the committee shall certify to the applicant an amount equal to fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) for each year or the pro rata amount for the portion of each year of incarceration.
(b) The committee, after hearing testimony, shall have the authority to recommend some discretionary amount in addition to the base amount if circumstances warrant such a supplemental award. Any such supplemental amount shall be in the form of a bill to be presented to the Legislature.
(c) At the hearing on additional compensation the applicant may introduce evidence in the form of affidavits or testimony to support the additional compensation as provided in subsection (b) and the Attorney General or the local prosecutor's office under whose jurisdiction the case was prosecuted may introduce counter affidavits or testimony in refutation. If the committee finds from the evidence that the applicant warrants additional compensation, it shall recommend the amount the applicant is eligible to be paid for over the base amount and shall make a recommendation to the Legislature.
(d) The Comptroller upon proper certification from the committee shall pay the amount of the base award to the applicant out of any available state funds appropriated by the Legislature for such purposes. Any amounts for additional compensation passed by the Legislature will be paid as provided for in such legislation.
(e) The committee shall give written notice of its certifications within 10 days to all parties involved in the process as well as the appropriate state officials charged with processing the compensation. The determination of the committee shall not be subject to review upon appeal of the claimant or the state.
(Act 2001-659, p. 1359, §10.)