2018 Session

The 2018 Legislative session included numerous bills affecting public defense in Louisiana. The legislature requested fiscal impact statements on numerous instruments. While the Legislature was unable to agree on state funding during the regular session, LPDB ultimately received an appropriation amounting to an increase in its state appropriation of nearly $2,000,000.
HB 1/Act 2 of the Second Extraordinary Session (Representative Henry): The Legislature appropriated $35,870,797 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.

Direct Link: http://www.legis.la.gov/Legis/ViewDocument.aspx?d=1104150

HB 677/Act 438 (Representative Jackson): Provides public defenders the option to enter the parish government’s health care system

Direct Link: http://www.legis.la.gov/Legis/ViewDocument.aspx?d=1101327

SB 38/Act 466 (Senator Bishop): Adopts the best practices for investigative procedures regarding eyewitness identifications.

Direct Link: http://www.legis.la.gov/Legis/ViewDocument.aspx?d=1102333

SB 243/Act 722 (Senator Morrell): Constitutional amendment to require unanimous juries for felonies.

Direct Link: http://www.legis.la.gov/Legis/ViewDocument.aspx?d=1103813

SB 317/Act 377 (Senator Claitor): Clarifies the process whereby a member of the Louisiana Public Defender Board may be removed.

Direct Link: http://www.legis.la.gov/Legis/ViewDocument.aspx?d=1101142

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