The 2009 Legislative session contained numerous bills relating to traffic ticket revenue and court costs. The legislature requested fiscal impact statements on numerous instruments. The Louisiana Public Defender Board suffered a 5% budget cut and is determining how its financial status will be affected by other legislation.
HB 1/Act 10 (Rep. Fannin): The Legislature appropriated $27,879,151.00 to the Louisiana Public Defender Board through its Public Defender Fund, Indigent Parent Representation Program Fund, and DNA Testing-Post Conviction Relief for Indigents Fund.
HB 574/Act 215 (Rep. Richmond): This bill authorizes any district court by vote of the judges to adopt specialized divisions or sections having specified subject matter jurisdiction; to authorize a division to provide for an expedited docket for violent crimes involving a dangerous weapon or homicides; to create a homicide section in the Criminal District Court for the parish of Orleans; to authorize the district attorney's office to request an expedited docket for cases involving crimes of violence committed with a dangerous weapon and homicides; to provide for assignment of a judge to a Homicide Section of the Criminal District Court for the parish of Orleans; to provide for cases to be assigned to a homicide section; to authorize the judges en banc to assign other crimes committed using a firearm to the homicide section; to provide for transfer of cases; to provide for expedited handling of pretrial writs and appeals from the homicide section; and to provide for related matters.