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2013 Senate Bill 300: Establish and impose minimum indigent defense standards
Introduced by Sen. Bruce Caswell (R) on April 10, 2013 To create a Michigan indigent defense commission to establish statewide standards and accountability measures for court-appointed attorneys who represent indigent criminal defendants, and establish a process by which all counties in the state would be required to conform with the standards. If a local failed to adopt them, the commission could take over its indigent defense administration, and impose a gradually increasing portion of the state’s costs for this, up to 40 percent. Locals would be responsible for maintaining funding at current levels, and all this would be subject to a detailed appeals process. The bill authorizes but does not fund state grants to cover increased costs.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 10, 2013
Substitute offered in the Senate on June 13, 2013
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 13, 2013
Passed 32 to 6 in the Senate on June 13, 2013 (same description)
To create a Michigan indigent defense commission to establish statewide standards and accountability measures for court-appointed attorneys who represent indigent criminal defendants, and establish a process by which all counties in the state would be required to conform with the standards. If a local failed to adopt them, the commission could take over its indigent defense administration, and impose a gradually increasing portion of the state’s costs for this, up to 40 percent. Locals would be responsible for maintaining funding at current levels, and all this would be subject to a detailed appeals process. The bill authorizes but does not fund state grants to cover increased costs.
Received in the House on June 13, 2013
Amendment offered by Rep. Thomas Stallworth, III (D) on June 18, 2013
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on June 18, 2013
Motion by Rep. Jim Stamas (R) on September 12, 2013
The motion passed by voice vote in the House on September 12, 2013
Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on September 12, 2013

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