2019 Regular Session
|At the request of:||(at the request of Representative Jennifer Williamson)|
|Bill Title:||Relating to the Public Defense Services Commission; declaring an emergency.|
Defines terms related to provision of public defense services.
Directs Public Defense Services Commission to conduct study on improving provision of public defense services and present report on findings to interim committees of Legislative Assembly related to judiciary on or before September 15, 2020.] Sunsets January 2, 2021.] Moves Public Defense Services Commission from judicial to executive branch. Expands membership of commission from seven to 11 members. Modifies appointing authorities and qualifications of members. Modifies manner in which member may be removed. Directs commission to establish Office of Public Defense Services with trial division in addition to appellate division. Modifies certain policies and procedures commission is required to adopt, including policies concerning contracting and oversight. Requires commission to adopt caseload standards and statewide workload plan. Prohibits commission from approving contract authorizing flat fee compensation structure. Modifies duties of executive director of Office of Public Defense Services. Directs executive director to develop certain policies and standards for provision of public defense services including performance metrics, quality assurance standards and training requirements. Establishes requirements for contracts for provision of public defense services. Specifies contents of report by executive director to commission and Legislative Assembly. Establishes Task Force on Municipal Court Public Defense to examine and make recommendations concerning provision of public defense services in municipal and justice court proceedings. Directs task force to submit report with recommendations to interim committees of Legislative Assembly related to judiciary no later than September 15, 2021. Declares emergency, effective on passage.
|Fiscal Impact:||Fiscal Impact Issued|
|Revenue Impact:||No Revenue Impact|
|Measure Analysis:||Staff Measure Summary / Impact Statements|
|Current Location:||In House Committee|
|Current Committee:||Joint Committee On Ways and Means|
|Potential Conflicts of Interest/Vote Explanations:||Potential Conflicts of Interest/Vote Explanation Documents|