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Published on Friday, February 2, 2018

Public defense funding bill has passed first hurdle

HB 2687 passed out of House Judiciary Committee before the cutoff on February 2. The bill requires the state to increase public defense services funding by ten percent every year, with full funding provided by 2028. Counties and cities would be required to apply annually for reimbursement of public defense services funds from the Office of Public Defense.

AWC and the Washington State Association of Counties have been working closely in support of this bill.