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2013 Senate Bill 300: Establish and impose minimum indigent defense standards
  1. 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.
    • 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.
  2. Passed 32 to 6 in the Senate on June 13, 2013.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. 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.