Let’s Fund Veterans Service Officers

HB 1448 (Rep. Maycumber), which creates a Veterans Service Office Program to provide funding to counties with populations of 100,000 or less to establish veterans service officers (VSOs), would be a great benefit to not only veterans but the communities in which they live. The amount it costs to employ a VSO is minimal compared to the incredible return on

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Fund – don’t study – Trial Court Public Defense

On Wednesday, January 16th WSAC testified at a hearing in the House Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee on our proposed legislation, HB 1086, that requires the state to provide funding for trial court public defense services by allocating an additional 10% per year. Rep. Chapman, the prime sponsor, did an excellent job testifying in favor of this proposal, as did Councilmember

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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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