Signed by President
Public defense, indigent persons
PUBLIC DEFENSE – Amends and adds to existing law to establish provisions regarding public defense for indigent persons in this state.

RS31325 / S1367

Prior to establishment of the Office of the State Public Defender in 2023, counties were responsible to pay for representation for indigent individuals. This legislation provides clarification that the Office of the State Public Defender now has responsibility to provide coverage and payment for representation for which counties had responsibility prior to the creation of the Office of the State Public Defender, as well as any statutorily required coverage. This bill also creates a fund to coordinate statewide payments for Guardian Ad Litem representation previously paid by individual counties. A separate account is necessary to ensure a delineation from any funds for representation of indigent individuals in other cases.

Bill Events
Date Description
02/19 Introduced; read first time; referred to JR for Printing
02/20 Reported Printed; referred to Judiciary & Rules
03/04 Reported out of Committee with Do Pass Recommendation; Filed for second reading
03/05 Read second time; filed for Third Reading
03/06 Read third time in full – PASSED - 35-0-0
AYES – Adams, Anthon, Bernt, Bjerke, Burtenshaw, Carlson, Cook, Den Hartog, Foreman, Grow, Guthrie, Harris, Hart, Hartgen, Herndon, Just, Lakey, Lee, Lenney, Lent, Nichols, Okuniewicz, Rabe, Ricks, Ruchti, Schroeder, Semmelroth, Taylor, Toews, Trakel, VanOrden, Ward-Engelking, Winder, Wintrow, Zuiderveld
NAYS – None
Absent and excused – None
Floor Sponsor - Lee
Title apvd - to House
03/07 Received from the Senate, Filed for First Reading
03/07 Read First Time, Referred to Judiciary, Rules & Administration
03/27 Reported out of Committee with Do Pass Recommendation, Filed for Second Reading
03/28 Read second time; Filed for Third Reading
03/28 Rules Suspended: Ayes 68 Nays 0 Abs/Excd 2, read in full as required – PASSED - 69-0-1
AYES – Achilles, Alfieri, Allgood, Andrus, Barbieri, Berch, Blanksma, Boyle, Bundy, Burns, Cannon, Cheatum, Chew(Harada), Clow, Cornilles, Crane(12), Crane(13), Dixon(1), Dixon(24), Durrant, Ehardt, Ehlers, Erickson, Furniss, Galaviz, Gallagher, Gannon, Garner, Green, Handy, Hawkins, Healey, Hill(Brown), Holtzclaw(Johnson), Horman, Kingsley, Lambert, Lanting, Manwaring, Mathias, McCann, Mendive, Mickelsen, Miller, Mitchell, Monks, Necochea, Nelsen, Palmer, Pickett, Price, Raybould, Raymond, Redman, Roberts, Rubel, Sauter, Scott, Shepherd, Skaug, Tanner, Vander Woude, Weber(Weber), Wheeler, Wisniewski, Wroten, Yamamoto, Young, Mr. Speaker
NAYS – None
Absent – Petzke
Floor Sponsor - Erickson
Title apvd - to Senate
03/29 Returned From House Passed; referred to enrolling
04/02 Reported enrolled; signed by President; to House for signature of Speaker