2013 House Bill 4529

House Roll Call 235: Passed

To create a Michigan indigent defense commission to establish statewide standards and accountability measures for court-appointed attorneys who represent indigent criminal defendants, and if the state Supreme Court agrees, establish procedures by which an agency would be created to enforce expeditious adoption of the standards in local jurisdictions. If a local failed to adopt them, this agency would take over its indigent defense administration, and impose a gradually increasing portion of the state’s costs for this, up to 40 percent. Local governments would be responsible for maintaining funding at current levels. The bill authorizes but does not fund state grants to cover increased costs.

101 Yeas / 6 Nays
Republican (54 Yeas / 4 Nays)
Democrat (47 Yeas / 2 Nays)
Excused or Not Voting (2)