2020 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Conference Report)

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Ensure Flexibility Regarding Funding Included in Introduced Budget for Offices (language only)

Item 48 #1c

Item 48 #1c

Judicial Department
Indigent Defense Commission


Page 38, after line 34, insert:

"D. Out of the amounts in this item, $3,798,726 the first year and $5,698,089 the second year from the general fund is provided to hire additional public defender positions to address increased workloads and reduce turnover in offices across the Commonwealth. The Commission may direct a portion of the funding for salary adjustments, including increasing starting salaries for attorneys and adjusting salaries for current staff to address turnover rates within the offices."


(This amendment clarifies that new funding included in the introduced budget for the Indigent Defense Commission offices may be used to hire new staff or make salary adjustments to address high turnover rates in the offices.)