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CS/CS/HB 561: Attorneys for Dependent Children with Special Needs

GENERAL BILL by Judiciary Committee ; Civil Justice Subcommittee ; Fresen

Attorneys for Dependent Children with Special Needs; Requires appointment of attorney to represent dependent child who meets one or more specified criteria; requires that, if one is available, attorney who is willing to represent child without additional compensation be appointed; requires appointment in writing; requires that appointment continue in effect until attorney is allowed to withdraw or is discharged by court or until case is dismissed; requires that attorney not acting in pro bono capacity be adequately compensated for services & have access to funding for certain costs; provides for financial oversight by Justice Administrative Commission; provides limit on attorney fees; requires DCF to develop procedures to identify dependent children who qualify for an attorney.

Effective Date: 7/1/2014
Last Action: 6/25/2014 - Chapter No. 2014-227
Location: Became Law
Bill Text: PDF



Bill History

Date Chamber Action
1/10/2014 House • Filed
1/27/2014 House • Referred to Civil Justice Subcommittee; Justice Appropriations Subcommittee; Judiciary Committee -HJ 47
2/12/2014 House • On Committee agenda-- Civil Justice Subcommittee, 02/19/14, 8:00 am, Sumner Hall
2/19/2014 House • CS by Civil Justice Subcommittee; YEAS 10 NAYS 0 -HJ 160
2/25/2014 House • Pending review of CS under Rule 7.19(c)
2/27/2014 House • Now in Justice Appropriations Subcommittee -HJ 151
3/4/2014 House • Introduced -HJ 47
• CS by Civil Justice Subcommittee read 1st time -HJ 142
3/31/2014 House • On Committee agenda-- Justice Appropriations Subcommittee, 04/02/14, 8:00 am, Morris Hall
4/2/2014 House • Favorable by Justice Appropriations Subcommittee; YEAS 12 NAYS 0 -HJ 456
• Now in Judiciary Committee -HJ 456
4/9/2014 House • On Committee agenda-- Judiciary Committee, 04/11/14, 8:00 am, Sumner Hall
4/11/2014 House • CS/CS by- Judiciary Committee; YEAS 17 NAYS 0 -HJ 546
4/15/2014 House • Pending review of CS -under Rule 7.19(c)
4/16/2014 House • CS/CS by Judiciary Committee read 1st time -HJ 543
4/17/2014 House • Placed on Calendar -HJ 551
4/21/2014 House • Placed on Special Order Calendar, 04/23/14
4/23/2014 House • Read 2nd time -HJ 607
• Amendment(s) adopted (584549) -HJ 608
• Placed on 3rd reading
4/24/2014 House • Read 3rd time -HJ 638
• Amendment(s) adopted (220335) -HJ 638
• CS passed as amended; YEAS 118 NAYS 0 -HJ 638
4/24/2014 Senate • In Messages
• Referred to Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; Judiciary; Appropriations -SJ 627
• Received -SJ 627
4/29/2014 Senate • Withdrawn from Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; Judiciary; Appropriations -SJ 799
• Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading -SJ 799
• Substituted for CS/CS/CS/SB 972 -SJ 799
• Read 2nd time -SJ 799
• Placed on 3rd reading
4/30/2014 Senate • Read 3rd time -SJ 808
• CS passed; YEAS 36 NAYS 0 -SJ 808
4/30/2014 House • Ordered enrolled -HJ 903
6/13/2014 • Signed by Officers and presented to Governor
6/25/2014 • Approved by Governor
• Chapter No. 2014-227