2019 Session

The 2019 Legislative session included numerous bills affecting public defense in Louisiana. The legislature requested fiscal impact statements on numerous instruments. LPDB along with other defense community partners successfully defeated legislation establishing a breakaway indigent defender board and a measure that would require defense counsel and support staff to take difficult and burdensome steps before speaking to potential witnesses. LPDB also received an increase in its state appropriation of more than $4,000,000.

HB 105/ Act 10 (Representative Henry): The Legislature appropriated $40,272,873 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. The FY20 budget represents an increase of more than $4,000,000, which will allow LPDB to shore up some of the deficits expected in districts that are particularly affected by the continued decline in traffic filings.

Direct Link: http://www.legis.la.gov/Legis/ViewDocument.aspx?d=1144519

HB 158/Act 147 (Representative White): Beginning July 1, 2020, requires the use of an objective detention screening instrument prior to placing a child in detention.

Direct Link: http://www.legis.la.gov/Legis/ViewDocument.aspx?d=1143680

HB 275/Act 156 (Representative Duplessis): Extends the time period in which to file an application for post-conviction DNA testing until 2024.

Direct Link: http://www.legis.la.gov/Legis/ViewDocument.aspx?d=1143689

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