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CS/HB 949: Attorneys for Dependent Children

GENERAL BILL by Civil Justice Subcommittee ; Cummings

Attorneys for Dependent Children; Revises requirements for dependent child to be appointed an attorney; requires that court appoint substitute counsel if attorney withdraws or is discharged by court; provides that all appointed attorneys & organizations are entitled to funding for litigation costs; requires appointed attorneys to report certain information; requires JAC to contract with nonprofit entity to establish Quality Counsel Program; requires quality improvement program; requires annual report; requires Quality Counsel Program to be established & fully operational by specified date.

Effective Date: 7/1/2016
Last Action: 3/11/2016 House - Died in Justice Appropriations Subcommittee
Bill Text: PDF

Bill History

Date Chamber Action
12/14/2015 House • Filed
1/8/2016 House • Referred to Civil Justice Subcommittee; Justice Appropriations Subcommittee; Judiciary Committee -HJ 81
1/12/2016 House • Introduced -HJ 81
1/28/2016 House • PCS on Committee agenda-- Civil Justice Subcommittee, 02/01/16, 3:00 pm, Sumner Hall
2/1/2016 House • CS by Civil Justice Subcommittee; YEAS 12 NAYS 0 -HJ 385
2/3/2016 House • Pending review of CS under Rule 7.19(c)
• CS by Civil Justice Subcommittee read 1st time -HJ 381
2/4/2016 House • Now in Justice Appropriations Subcommittee -HJ 394
3/11/2016 House • Died in Justice Appropriations Subcommittee