September 19, 2012, House Bill 5804 is reported from House Judiciary Committee, moves to vote on House floor. See press release here. Click the bill link above to read the version reported from committee.
September 13, 2012, state's House Judiciary Committee continued to hear testimony on House Bill 5804, Representative McMillin's indigent defense legislation. Representatives McMillin and Lipton and Judge Fisher gave great testimony in support of the bill. Committee vote TBD.
August 15, 2012, Representative McMillin introduced House Bill 5804. This bill implements the recommendations from the Governor's Indigent Defense Advisory Commission's final report.
The Campaign is thrilled with the bipartisan support that this legislation received. A list of cosponsors is below. If your representative is on this list, please contact that representative and thank them for cosponsoring this important legislation. The Campaign looks forward to working with the House and Senate as this legislation makes its way to the Governor's desk!
Cosponsors: Representatives Jim Ananich, Vicki Barnett, Joan Bauer, Timothy Bledsoe, Lisa Brown, Jon Bumstead, Phil Cavanagh, Bob Constan, Mike Callton, Kevin Cotter, Hugh D. Crawford, Kurt Damrow, George Darany, Brandon Dillon, Fred Durhal, Jr., Anthony Forlini, Frank Foster, Ray Franz, Douglas Geiss, Judson Gilbert, Ken Goike, Joseph Graves, Tim Greimel, Gail Haines, Joe Haveman, Harold Haugh, Kurt Heise, Rudy Hobbs, Thomas Hooker, Kenneth Horn, Liza Howze, Holly Hughes, Jeff Irwin, Shanelle Jackson, Nancy Jenkins, Eileen Kowall, Marty Knollenberg, Kenneth Kurtz, Brad Jacobsen, Marilyn Lane, Richard LeBlanc, Ellen Cogen Lipton, Lesia Liss, Andrew Kandrevas, Pete Lund, Lisa Lyons, Greg MacMaster, Sean McCann, Mark Meadows, Paul Muxlow, David Nathan, Aric Nesbitt, Stacy Erwin Oakes, Rick Olson, John Olumba, Paul Opsommer, Mark Ouimet, Amanda Price, Al Pscholka, Bill Rogers, David Rutledge, Harvey Santana, Wayne A. Schmidt, Mike Shirkey, Dian Slavens, Pat Somerville, Thomas Stallworth, Maureen Stapleton, Woodrow Stanley, Jon Switalski, Rashida H. Tlaib, Jim Townsend, John Walsh, Jimmy Womack and Ken Yonker.
July 18, 2012, House Judiciary Committee met to hear testimony from Judge Fisher (Chair of the Indigent Defense Advisory Commission), Judge Boyd, Representative McMillin and Representative Lipton.
These members of the commission gave an overview of the commission's work and its recommendations. Click here to see Judge Fisher's presentation.