Tag: WSAC Priority

14
Jan

Funding for Public Defense Services

We have, once again, found wonderful sponsors for our bills to fund trial court public defense services.  Rep. Chapman is the prime sponsor for HB 1086 and Sen. Braun is the prime sponsor for the companion bill, SB 5098. In 1963 the Supreme Court held in Gideon v. Wainwright that the provision of Sixth Amendment lawyers for indigent people is

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26
Feb

E2SHB 1783 Continues Forward with Funding

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,

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5
Feb

Olympia Update – Week 5

The Legislature’s fiscal committees have been the focus of attention for the last several days, with the cutoff to move bills from Appropriations, Ways and Means, Capital Budget, and Finance on Tuesday. With extremely limited time to hear bills, it is clear that this cutoff will be even more impactful than last week’s policy committee cut-off. The House and Senate

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5
Feb

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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