Indigent Defense Funding Requests Update

Although we had a great hearing on HB 2687, we have been informed that the bill will not have a hearing in the House Appropriations committee. This means that the bill will not be moving any further through the legislative process. And, as we’ve known since the beginning of session, SB 6420 will not be given a hearing in the

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HCA Will Implement SSB 6430

HCA Will Implement SSB 6430 (2016) as Scheduled As you are all aware, on March 9, 2017 the Health Care Authority (HCA) announced that it would not be able to implement the program to suspend, rather than terminate, medical assistance benefits for persons who are incarcerated by July 1, 2017.  Rather, they announced that they would be “pausing” the program, specifically

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Opioids: A Legislative Priority

Both the Senate Health Care and House Health Care & Wellness Committees are having work sessions on opioids this week. At a minimum the following agencies and associations will be presenting:  (1) Department of Health;(2) Health Care Authority; (3) Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute; and (4) East Asian Medicine Practitioners.  They will provide general background information on opioids, the availability of

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JLARC Votes to Adopt Report on Homeless Youth

JLARC Votes to Adopt Report on Homeless Youth The Joint Legislative Audit & Review Committee Members voted to adopt a report on unaccompanies homeless youth this week. The Joint Legislative Audit & Review Committee (JLARC) presented the results of its study on state-funded programs and services provided to unaccompanied homeless youth as directed by the Homeless Youth Prevention and Protection

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