On Saturday, February 24th the Senate Ways & Means Committee heard E2SHB 1783 (Holy). This bill prohibits courts from imposing court costs on defendants who are indigent and eliminates interest accrual on non-restitution portions of legal financial obligations. We testified as “other” on this bill because we do not oppose the policy, but rather the resulting cost to counties. However,
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
Marijuana Restrictions (HB 2336) On Monday, January 8th, in the House Commerce & Gaming Committee, two bills were heard that are relevant to WSAC. One is HB 2336 sponsored by Rep. Sawyer to which we testified in opposition. This bill seeks to preempt municipal ordinances or regulations pertaining to the regulation of the production, processing, and retail sale of marijuana.
The right to counsel is embodied in the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution. In 1963, the United States Supreme Court, in Gideon v. Wainwright, ruled that the Constitution requires the states to provide defense attorneys to criminal defendants who cannot afford lawyers themselves. In Washington State, public defense services are administered, and largely funded, by county and city