2013 House Bill 4529

Senate Roll Call 297: 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 establish a process by which all counties in the state would be required to conform with the standards. If a local failed to adopt them, the commission could take over its indigent defense administration, and impose a gradually increasing portion of the state’s costs for this, up to 40 percent. Locals would be responsible for maintaining funding at current levels, and all this would be subject to a detailed mediation and appeals process. The bill authorizes but does not fund state grants to cover increased costs.

33 Yeas / 4 Nays
Republican (21 Yeas / 4 Nays)
Democrat (12 Yeas / 0 Nays)
Excused or Not Voting (1)