98RS HB337


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HB 337/FN/LM (BR 1147) - K. Stein

     AN ACT relating to the statewide public advocacy system.
     Amend KRS 31.051 to increase the fee an indigent person must pay to Department of Public Advocacy from $40 to $50; amend KRS 31.070, relating to fees paid to attorneys for representing the indigent, to tie fees to those paid by Department for Public Advocacy; eliminate multiple defendant fee limitation; amend KRS 31.120, relating to payment of fees by circuit clerk to department, to allow for electronic reporting; amend KRS 31.170, relating to county public advocacy programs, to provide for payment of attorneys when county fails to provide an attorney; amend KRS 31.185 relating to fees paid by counties to public advocacy fund, to require all counties to pay into the fund; amend KRS 31.200, relating to defending persons confined in state correctional facilities to specify account to be used to pay expenses; amend KRS 31.240, relating to compensation by counties of public advocates, to remove provision relating to rates of payment and the state contribution.


     HFA (1, R. Adams) - Provide that when a criminal defendant pays the fee for public advocacy representation to the circuit clerk that the fee must be accompanied by an additional fee of $2.50 to be paid directly to the circuit clerk and used to defray the costs of operation of the circuit clerk's office.
     SCA (1, E. Scorsone) - Provide that the handling fee paid to the circuit clerk shall be deposited in a trust and agency account and used for hiring and salary increases for clerks.

     Jan 21-introduced in House
     Jan 22-to State Government (H)
     Feb 20-posted in committee
     Feb 24-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar
     Feb 25-2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for for February 26, 1998
     Feb 26-floor amendment (1) filed
     Feb 27-3rd reading, passed 56-39 with floor amendment (1)
     Mar 2-received in Senate
     Mar 3-to Judiciary (S)
     Mar 18-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with committee amendment (1)
     Mar 19-2nd reading, to Rules
     Mar 20-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for March 24, 1998
     Mar 24-3rd reading, passed 32-4 with committee amendment (1)
     Mar 25-received in House; posted for passage for concurrence in Senate amendment
     Mar 31-House concurred in Senate committee amendment (1); passed 60-33
     Apr 1-enrolled, signed by each presiding officer, delivered to Governor
     Apr 10-signed by Governor

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