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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.   Full Text and Analysis.
    • Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 10, 2013.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on June 13, 2013.
      1. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 13, 2013.
    1. Passed 32 to 6 in the Senate on June 13, 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.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"
  2. Received in the House on June 13, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Thomas Stallworth, III (D) on June 18, 2013.
      1. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on June 18, 2013.
    • Motion by Rep. Jim Stamas (R) on September 12, 2013.
      1. 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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