2023 Session

Budget Amendments - SB800 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Edwards
Increase Court-Appointed Counsel Fees for Child Dependency Cases

Item 44 #2s

Item 44 #2s

First Year - FY2023 Second Year - FY2024
Judicial Department
Circuit Courts FY2023 $0 FY2024 $10,993,273 GF

Page 32, line 31, strike "$114,999,326" and insert "$125,992,599".


(This amendment provides $11.0 million GF the second year to increase the maximum compensation allowed for court-appointed counsel for indigent parents involved in child dependency cases, from $120 per case to $445 for child removal proceedings (through foster care or permanency planning stages) and $1,235 for termination of parental rights proceedings. An additional appropriation of $3,158,342 NGF from federal Title IV-E funding, administered by the Department of Social Services, is needed to fully fund the change.)