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2018 House Bill 5985: Revise Indigent Defense Commission details

Public Act 214 of 2018

Introduced by Rep. Rob VerHeulen (R) on May 15, 2018
To revise details of a state Indigent Defense Commission and process that were created by a 2013 law that established statewide standards and accountability measures for court-appointed attorneys who represent indigent criminal defendants, along with a partial state funding mechanism. Among other revisions the bill would authorize a separate class of “partially indigent” defendants who could be required to reimburse a portion of their defense costs, and would earmark 20 percent of the amount collected for indigent defense purposes.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on May 15, 2018
Reported in the House on May 15, 2018
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered by Rep. Rob VerHeulen (R) on May 23, 2018
To replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance as previously described.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on May 23, 2018
Amendment offered by Rep. Jon Hoadley (D) on May 23, 2018
To delete a provision requiring the commission to get approval from a state department before hiring a director.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on May 23, 2018
Amendment offered by Rep. Jon Hoadley (D) on May 23, 2018
To require the commission to promulgate objective standards for courts to use in determining whether a defendant is partially indigent.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on May 23, 2018
Amendment offered by Rep. Rob VerHeulen (R) on May 23, 2018
To leave determinations of whether a defendant is partially indigent in the hands of the local government that funds a trial court rather than the court.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on May 23, 2018
Amendment offered by Rep. Rob VerHeulen (R) on May 23, 2018
To leave determinations of how much a partially indigent defendant should pay in the hands of the local government that funds a trial court rather than the court.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on May 23, 2018
Passed 94 to 15 in the House on May 23, 2018.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To revise details of a state Indigent Defense Commission and process that were created by a 2013 law that established statewide standards and accountability measures for court-appointed attorneys who represent indigent criminal defendants, along with a partial state funding mechanism. Among other revisions the bill would authorize a separate class of “partially indigent” defendants who could be required to reimburse a portion of their defense costs, and would earmark 20 percent of the amount collected for indigent defense purposes. It would also index to inflation the share of these expenses that counties would have to pick up.
Received in the Senate on May 29, 2018
Referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee on May 29, 2018
Reported in the Senate on June 12, 2018
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Passed 27 to 9 in the Senate on June 12, 2018.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To revise details of a state Indigent Defense Commission and process that were created by a 2013 law that established statewide standards and accountability measures for court-appointed attorneys who represent indigent criminal defendants, along with a partial state funding mechanism. Among other revisions the bill would authorize a separate class of “partially indigent” defendants who could be required to reimburse a portion of their defense costs, and would earmark 20 percent of the amount collected for indigent defense purposes. It would also index to inflation the share of these expenses that counties would have to pick up.
Received in the House on June 12, 2018
Passed 97 to 12 in the House on June 12, 2018.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on June 25, 2018

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