The 2007 Legislative Session ended with a milestone accomplishment: passage of the Louisiana Public Defender Reform Act. There was also an additional increase of nearly $10 million over the previous year╠s appropriation, bringing appropriation for fiscal year 2008 to 400% of the appropriation in fiscal year 2004.
HB 1/Act 18 (Rep. Alario): HB 1 provides for the general operating expenses of state government. HB 1/Act 18 provides $28.5 million for public defense in fiscal year 2008.
Direct link: http://www.legis.state.la.us/billdata/streamdocument.asp?did=450256
HB 393/Act 95 (Rep. Winston): Louisiana law requires that both the child and the parents are required to be represented in child protection cases. If the child and/or parents are indigent, this burden falls to the public defender office. Act 95 provides resources and an implementation program to enable public defender offices to provide this representation while avoiding conflict of interest.
Direct link: http://www.legis.state.la.us/billdata/streamdocument.asp?did=445216
HB 436/Act 307 (Rep. Martiny): This legislation creates the Louisiana Public Defender Board (LAPDB) and provides for the delivery of public defense services in the state of Louisiana. This substantial bill was co-authored by 92 legislators, reflecting both broad recognition of the crisis and commitment to the reform. This bill further provides for the qualification, hiring and training of appropriate state executive staff; the adoption of mandatory guidelines and standards of practice in the delivery of public defense services; provides penalties and disciplinary action for non-compliance; and creates the possibility of regionalization for districts failing to maintain acceptable standards of service.
Direct link: http://www.legis.state.la.us/billdata/streamdocument.asp?did=449902
HB 765/Act 203 (Rep. Alario): Provides supplemental funds in the amount of $1 million to the Louisiana Indigent Defender Assistance Board/Louisiana Public Defender Board for information technology.
Direct link: http://www.legis.state.la.us/billdata/streamdocument.asp?did=448862
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