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Bill #:  2764

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Equalizing public defense fund distributions

Companion bill #: No Companion Bill.

House - Senate - CMTE

Summary/AWC comments

In the 2015 budget the State Legislature appropriated $900,000 in additional monies to cities and counties for public defense services. This was the result of extensive work done by AWC to increase support of public defense after a WA State Supreme Court ruling limited the number of cases public defenders could take. 

Unfortunately, the fund distribution formula awarded 90% of the monies to counties, and 10% to cities. 

HB 2764 makes the split more equitable by putting the $900,000 in statute to be distributed via competitive grants to cities. While $900,000 is not near enough to cover the increased costs associated with the court ruling, it is a good start. 

Latest version of bill:

Link to WA Legislative bill page

Official title:

AN ACT Relating to public defense fund distributions;


Jinkins, Chandler, Gregerson, Johnson, Appleton, Senn

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AWC Contacts

Analyst:  Jane Wall
Lobbyist:  Candice Bock

Issue Area

Law & Justice

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