2017 Civil Right to Counsel Bills

 

Listed below are all of the 2017 bills that address the right to counsel in civil cases.  The NCCRC monitors all such bills and regularly reports on their progress, and we also are involved with some of them.


 

 

Enacted bills

 

State Bill # Sponsor

Description

Status

AR SB 132 Sen. Hutchinson

Specifies that court must appoint counsel for parents at ex parte emergency dependency proceeding.

 

Signed by Governor on 4/4/17.
IA HB 133 Judiciary Committee 

Requires that GALs for children in dissolution and custody actions be attorneys, and specifies that court can appoint an attorney separate from GAL (at which point same person cannot fill both roles).


Signed by Governor on 4/12/17.
KS HB 2128 House of Delegates Judiciary Committee

Requires counsel to appoint counsel for indigent person in sex offender committment review hearings.


Approved by Governor on 6/5/17.
LA HB 249 Numerous cosponsors

Provides defendant with right to counsel at hearing regarding failure to comply with a criminal fine payment plan.

 
 Signed by Governor on 6/15/17.
MN HB 1702 Reps. Kresha, Thissen, Omar, Lohmer, Ward, and O'Neill 

Clarifies that children 10 and over have a right to counsel in child welfare cases and requires notification of such right, plus strengthens waiver provisions.


Signed by Governor on 5/17/17. 
MT HB 59 Rep. Dukik at request of Task Force on State Public Defender Operations

Requires putative father to be successfully served and to request counsel before counsel is appointed in child welfare proceedings. 

 

Signed by Governor on 3/1/17.
MT HB 201 Rep. Cook

Specifies that where court-appointed special advocate not available to serve as guardian ad litem, court can appoint attorney to be GAL.


Signed by Governor on 3/29/17. 
NH SB 200 Numerous senators and reps

Requires appointment of counsel prior to incarcerating a person for failure to pay fines/fees or perform community service.

 
Signed by Governor on 6/2/17.
NV SB 305 Numerous cosponsors 

Requires counsel to be appointed for children in dependency and termination of parental rights cases, rather than being discretionary. 

 

Signed by Governor on 5/31/17. 
NV AB 319 Rep. Sprinkle and Sen. Harris Creates separate process for guardianship of minors, and specifies that court may appoint an attorney for the minor.

Signed by Governor on 5/26/17.
NV SB 433 Sen. Harris   

Requires court to appoint counsel for adult ward in guardianship proceeding without request.


Approved by Governor on 6/5/17.
NY SB 4407  Sen. Lanza

Increases age of consent to marry to 17, and requires court to appoint counsel if applicant for marriage is 17 years old.


 Signed by Governor on 6/20/17.
SC SB 415 Sens. Malloy and Campsen

Requires appointment of both counsel and GAL for adult guardianship proceedings (current law only requires appointment of counsel that serves GAL role).


Signed by Governor on 5/9/17.
UT SB 71  Sen. Thatcher and Rep. Roberts

Requires counsel to be appointed for collection and enforcement of criminal debt (which is treated as contempt matter) if the court is considering incarceration.


Signed by Governor on 3/23/17.

 

Pending bills

 

State Bill # Sponsor

Description

Status

federal HR 2043 (Fair Day in Court for Kids Act)

Rep. Lofgren and 22 cosponsors

Would guarantee counsel in immigration court for children and "vulnerable aliens" such as those with disabilities or who have been victims of torture/abuse/violence.

Introduced and referred to Judiciary Committee on 4/6/17.  Referred to Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee on 5/1/17.

 

federal HR 2472S 910 (Disability Integration Act)

Numerous Representatives / Numerous Senators

Would permit a court to appoint counsel where there is discrimination against an individual with disabilities in need of long-term services.

HR 2472 introduced and referred to Committee on Energy and Commerce and Judiciary committee on 5/16/17.  Referred to Subcommittee on Health on 5/19/17.  Referred to Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice on 6/7/17.


S 910 introduced and referred to Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions on 4/7/17.


federal HR 1555S 642 (Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration Act)

Numerous Representatives / Sens. Paul, Lee, Crapo, King, Udall, and Heinrich

Would require appointment of counsel for indigent defendants in all civil forfeiture proceedings in federal court, rather than just ones involving a primary residence.

 

HR 1555 introduced and referred to Judiciary, Energy & Commerce, Ways & Means, and Financial Services Committees on 3/15.  Referred to Subcommittee on Health on 3/17.  Referred to Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations on 3/31/17.


S 642 introduced and referred to Committee on Judiciary on 3/15/17.

CT SB 496

Sen. Doyle

Would implement recommendations of legislative Task Force to Improve Access to Counsel in Civil Matters, which would create right to counsel for cases involving restraining orders, evictions, detained removal, and child custody.

 

Introduced and referred to Joint Committee on Judiciary on 1/20/17.

CT SB 364

Sen. Looney

Would create a pilot project to provide representation in DV protective order proceedings.

 

Introduced and referred to Joint Committee on Judiciary on 1/19/17.  Committee substitute introduced on 3/20/17.  Public hearing on 3/27/17.  Received joint favorable report on 3//31/17.  Received favorable report from Office of Legislative Research and Office of Fiscal Analysis on 4/20/17.  Referred to Senate Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee on 5/17/17.  Joint favorable report on 5/23/17.

 

D.C. B22-0012 (coverage at Washington Post and WAMU)

Councilmember Evans

 

Requires court to appoint counsel for minor ward who is 14 or older in guardianship prior to authorizing expenditures for certain medical treatments.  Also permits court to appoint counsel for minor ward in protective order proceeding involving minor's property.

 

Introduced on 1/6/17.  Referred to Judiciary and Public Safety Committee on 1/10/17.  Public hearing on 6/1/17.

 

D.C. B22-0024 various Council members

Would expand representation in certain kinds of housing cases.  Read more.

Introduced and referred to Judiciary and Public Safety Committee on 1/10/17. 

 

DE SB 60 Numerous senators and representatives

Would eliminate civil forfeiture and require appointment of counsel in criminal forfeiture proceedings for both defendants and innocent property owners.


Introduced and assigned to Judicial & Community Affairs Committee in Senate on 4/5/17.

 

HI HB 1235  Rep. Nishimoto / Rep. Nishimoto / Sens. Keith-Agaran, Gabbard, Kim, and Rhoads

Would enact Uniform Family Law Arbitration Act, which permits arbiter in family law disputes not involving custody to appoint counsel for the child at the expense of the parties.


Introduced on 1/20/17.  Referred to Judiciary Committee on 1/30/17.  Voted favorably with amendments by Judiciary Committee on 2/3/17.  Passed House on 3/7/17.  Sent to Senate JDL Committee on 3/9/17.  Committee recommended passage with amendment on 3/17/17.  Passed Senate as amended on 4/11/17.  House disagreed with Senate amendments on 4/13/17.  Conference committee recommended passage with amendments on 4/27/17.  Passed House and Senate on 5/2/17.  Transmited to Governor on 5/3/17.

 

MA HB 968 / SB 831 Numerous cosponsors / Sen. DiDomenico and numerous House and Senate cosponsors

Would guarantee counsel for indigent tenants in eviction cases, where indigence includes people below 200% of poverty level or unable to pay for counsel "without depriving himself, herself or his dependents of the necessities of life, including food, shelter and clothing."

 

HB 968 introduced and referred to Joint Committee on Judiciary on 1/23/17.

 

SB 831 introduced and referred to Joint Committee on Judiciary on 1/23/17.

MA HB 2274 Rep. Donato

Requires appointment of counsel for indigent guardian in child guardianship cases where guardian "makes an initial showing that he or she has been the primary caretaker for the child for at least two years or otherwise for a significant part of the child's lifetime."

 

Introduced and referred to Joint Committee on Judiciary on 1/23/17.  Public hearing on 5/15/17.

 

MA HB 2300 Numerous reps.

Would remove right to appointed counsel in sex offender registry / classification proceedings.

 

Introduced and referred to Joint Committee on Judiciary on 1/23/17.

 

MA HB 2343 Rep. Scaccia   

Provides a right to counsel in judicial proceedings related to health care proxies.

 

Introduced and referred to Joint Committee on Judiciary on 1/23/17.  Public hearing on 5/8/17.

 

 

MA HB 2346 Rep. Scaccia

Requires the appointment of counsel for the subject of a guardianship, conservatorship, or other protective order proceeding (current law requires a request).

 

Introduced and referred to Joint Committee on Judiciary on 1/23/17.  Public hearing on 5/8/17.


MA HB 2409 Rep. Scaccia

Requires respondent in voluntary and involuntary civil commitment proceedings to be advised of right to appointed counsel.

 

Introduced and referred to Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery Committee on 1/23/17.

 

MA HB 2497 Reps. Michlewitz and Dubois, and Sen. Boncore

Would create statewide gun offender registry and require appointment of counsel for person challenging registration and classification.

 

Introduced and referred to Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security on 1/23/17.

 

MA HB 3114 Rep. Mirra

Eliminates civil forfeiture and requires appointment of counsel for indigent persons opposing forfeiture.

 

Introduced and referred to Joint Committee on Judiciary on 1/23/17.  Public hearing set for 6/5/17.


MA HB 2311SB 786 Numerous reps / Sens. Chandler, Khan, Decker, Benson, and Lewis

Would create way for minor 13 or over to appear without parent or adult in order to seek or defend against protective order related to abuse/harassment, and would require appointment of counsel for such minor.

 

HB 2311 introduced and referred to Joint Committee on Judiciary on 1/23/17.


SB 786 introduced and referred to Joint Committee on Judiciary on 1/23/17.

 

MA SB 1087 Sens. Donnelly, Gordon, L'Italien, Decker, and DiDomenico 

Would create process for delivery of criticial community mental health services, and require appointment of counsel for hearings relating to non-compliance with case plan.

 

Introduced and referred to Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery Committee on 1/23/17.  Hearing canceled and new date TBD on 5/11/17.

 

MA SB 1105 Sen. L'Italien

Creates process for emergency civil commitment and provides right to counsel for such proceedings.

Introduced and referred to the Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery Committee on 1/23/17.   Public hearing on 5/8/17.


NJ AB 4015 Reps. Dancer and Huttle

Would require appointment of counsel for minors subjected to civil commitment (current law only requires counsel if appointed GAL is not an attorney).


Introduced and ref'd to Assembly Human Services Committee on 6/30/16.
NJ AB 4628 / SB 3229 Rep. Jones / Sen. Weinberg

Would provide a right to counsel for parents in private adoption cases, codifying a NJ Supreme Court ruling.


AB 4628 introduced and referred to Women and Children Committee on 2/27/17.  Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee on 6/15/17.


SB 3229 introduced and referred to  Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee on 5/25/17.

 

NJ SB 89 Sen. Whelan

Specifies that child's appointed counsel continues past termination of parental rights until permanent placement has been finalized.

Introduced and ref'd to Senate Judiciary Committee on 1/12/16.  Ref'd to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee on 5/5/16.


NJ AB 1099 / AB 3981 / SB 2455 Numerous assembly sponsors / Sens. Codey and Addiego

Requires counsel to be appointed for new process for involuntary substance abuse admissions.

AB 1099 introduced and ref'd to Assemby Human Services Committee on 1/27/16.

 

AB 3981 introduced and referred to Human Services Committee on 6/20/16.


SB 2455 introduced and referred to Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee on 6/30/17.


NY AB 2433 Numerous Assembly sponsors  

Establishes new procedure for addressing abandoned infants, and requires appointment of counsel for such infants.


 

Introduced and referred to Judiciary Committee on 1/20/17.

 

NY AB 3666 Numerous Assembly sponsors

Creates process for involuntary civil commitment due to substance abuse, and requires appointment of counsel.


Introduced and referred to Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Committee on 1/30/17.  Held for consideration on 4/4/17.


NY AB 4305 Assemblyman Lawrence

Requires minor to notify parents prior to abortion, and provides right to appointed counsel upon request if minor seeks judicial bypass of parental notification requirement.

 

Introduced and referred to Health Committee on 2/2/17.

NY AB 5637 Numerous Assembly cosponsors

Requires minor to obtain parental consent prior to abortion, and provides right to appointed counsel upon request if minor seeks judicial bypass of parental consent requirement.

 

Introduced and referred to Health Committee on 2/14/17.

NY AB 5840 / AB 8171SB 5842 Assemblymembers Lavine and Buchwald / Assemblymembers Lavine and Weinstein / Sen. Hannon

Would require appointment of counsel for guardianships of adults with developmental disabilities.


AB 5840 introduced and referred to Judiciary Committee on 2/16/17.


AB 8171 introduced and referred to Judiciary Committee on 6/1/17.  Referred to Codes Committee on 6/7/17.  Amended and recommitted to Codes Committee on 6/13/17.


SB 5842 introduced and referred to Judiciary Committee on 5/2/17.  Reported and committed to Rules Committee on 6/6/17.


NY AB 6402 Numerous Assembly cosponsors

Creates process for registration of drug dealers, and requires appointment of counsel for those challenging registration tier.


Introduced and referred to Correction Committee on 3/7/17.  Held for consideration on 6/6/17.


NY AB 6959SB 17 Numerous Assembly members / Sen. Hoylman and various cosponsors

Establishes paternity proceedings for children born through artificial insemination or surrogate parenting, and requires counsel to be appointed for child.


AB 6959 introduced and referred to Judiciary Committee on 3/28/17.  Amended and recommitted to Judiciary Committee on 4/21/17.


SB 17 prefiled on 12/29/16.  Referred to Judiciary Committee on 1/4/17.  Amended and recommitted to Judiciary on 4/17/17.


NYC Intro 214-A Councilmembers Levine/Gibson + veto-proof majority

Would create a right to counsel for eviction and foreclosure cases for those at 200% or below of poverty level.

Introduced and ref'd to Committee on Courts and Legal Services on 3/26/14.  Re-ref'd to Committee on 2/24/15.  Committee public hearing held on 9/26/16.  Mayor announced intention to fund on 2/12/17.


NYC Intro 96 Councilmember Mendez + 40 co-sponsors

Would create a right to counsel for eviction and foreclosure cases for seniors at a certain income level.

Introduced and ref'd to Committee on Aging on 2/26/14. Committee hearing held on 10/26/16.


OR HB 2021 Rep. Barker, Sen. Courtney

Establishes procedure to detain person as sexually violent offender after completion of prison sentence, and requires counsel for proceedings.

 

Introduced on 1/9/17.  Referred to Judiciary Committee on 1/17/17.
OR SB 501 Senate Committee on Judiciary

Requires court to appoint counsel for adult protective proceedings (including guardianships) upon request, provided that court holds hearing (which is required if objection is lodged to proceeding).

 

Introduced and sent to President's desk on 1/9/17.  Referred to Judiciary and Ways and Means Committee on 1/17/17.  Public hearing held on 3/1/17.

 

OR SB 502 Senate Committee on Judiciary

Requires court to hold hearing for any petition for appointment of fiduciary or guardian filed by a county public guardian, and requires counsel to be appointed for such hearings.


Introduced and sent to President's desk on 1/9/17.  Referred to Judiciary and Ways and Means Committee on 1/17/17.  Public hearing held on 3/1/17.  Judiciary recommended passage and referred to Ways and Means Committee on 4/20/17.


PA HB 384 / SB 391 Numerous cosponsors for both bills

Creates process for involutary treatment due to drugs/alcohol and requires appointment of counsel for such proceedings.


HB 384 introduced and referred to Human Services Committee on 2/7/17.


SB 391 introduced and referred to Judiciary Committee on 2/28/17.


PA HB 1155 Numerous cosponsors

Would provide right to appointed counsel for indigent owners of real property in civil forfeiture actions where both of the following are true: a) such owners are not charged with an offense; and b) the property is being used as a primary residence by that owner.

 

Introduced and referred to Judiciary Commitee on 4/12/17.


PA HB 1233 / SB 599 Numerous house reps / Numerous senators

Requires appointment of counsel when involuntary inpatient treatment converted to outpatient treatment.


HB 1233 filed and referred to Human Services Committee on 4/17/17.  Laid on table on 5/24/17.  Removed from table on 6/19/17.


SB 599 filed and referred to Health and Human Services Committee on 4/13/17.


PA SB 314 Numerous cosponsors

Creates process for registration of domestic violence predators, and requires appointment of counsel for those challenging registration.


Introduced and referred to Judiciary Committee on 2/15/17.


PA SB 743 Sens. Greenleaf, Rafferty, Schwank, and Mensch

Would repeal the Mental Health Procedures Act and replace it with new provisions.  Right to counsel provisions of former Act are rewritten in new version with substantially same coverage.


Introduced and referred to Health and Human Services Committee on 6/5/17.


RI HB 5503 Reps. Jacquard, Vella-Wilkinson, Morin, Null, and Nunes

Would replace current sex offender registration and notification requirements (which include right to appointed counsel to challenge registration/notification) with federal SORNA (which does not).


Introduced and referred to House Finance Committee on 2/15/17.  Commitee recommended holding for further study on 4/27/17. 


RI HB 5807 /SB 669 Reps. Ruggiero, McNamara, Blazejewski, Vassell, and Jacquard / Sens. Dipalma, Miller, McCaffrey, Conley, and Satchell

Would provide for voluntary extension of services for children in foster care from ages 18-21, and require appointed counsel for child in proceedings to set up such care.


HB 5807 introduced and referred to House Finance Committee on 3/1/17.  Committee recommended holding for further study on 5/24/17.

 

SB 669 introduced and referred to Judiciary Committee on 3/29/17. Hearing and/or consideration on 4/27/17.  Public hearing on 5/9/17, where committee recommended holding for further study.

 

 

 

RI HB 6257 Reps. Keable, Fellela, Amore, Craven, and O'Grady

Creates process for involuntary commitment for substance abuse, and requires appointment of counsel prior to confinement.

 

Introduced and referred to Judiciary Committee on 5/26/17.  Committee recommended holding for further study on 6/6/17.

 

Dead bills

 

State Bill # Sponsor(s)

Description

Status

AL

SB 390  Sen. Reed  

Creates process for involuntary treatment of person for substance abuse, and requires appointment of counsel for indigent persons or those who "do not have the mental ability to secure the services of an attorney."

 

 

Died in Judiciary committee.

AR

SB 18 Sen. Clark Would remove the indigency requirement for a parent to have a right to counsel in termination of parental rights cases.

Died in Judiciary committee.

 

AR

SB 736 Sen. Clark Would remove the indigency requirement for a parent to have a right to counsel in abuse/neglect cases, and extend right to appointed counsel to putative parents. 

Died in Judiciary committee after being amended and re-referred.

 

AZ

HB 2098 Rep. Thorpe Requires the public defender to be appointed in civil forfeiture proceedings.

Introduced and referred to JPS, FPRPP, and Rules Committees on 1/17/17.  FPRPP Committee approved on 1/24/17.  Died in JPS Committee.

 

GA

SB 130 Numerous cosponsors in Senate Would require that waiver of counsel for parents is knowing/voluntary and on the record.

 Introduced on 2/7/17.  Committee substitute approved on 2/17/17.  Substitute bill passed Senate on 2/28/17.  Referred to House on 3/1/17.  House Committee favorably reported by subsitute on 3/22/17.  House passed by substitute on 3/28/17.  Ran out of time to reconcile.


HI

SB 1061 Sen. Shimabukuro Would address timing of appointment of counsel for parents in child welfare proceedings.

Died in JDL and WAM committees.


IA

HB 448  Rep. Carlin  

Creates process for commitment of individual with intellectual disability who poses danger to self/others, and requires appointment of counsel for such proceedings.


Died in Judiciary committee. 

IL

HB 468 Rep. Riley   Would abolish civil forfeiture and provide a right to counsel for criminal forfeiture proceedings.

Filed and referred to Rules Committee on 1/17/17.  Assigned to Judiciary - Criminal Committee on 2/2/17.  House tabled bill on 2/16/17.


IL

HB 689 / SB 1578 Reps. Guzzardi, Anderson, Demmer, Riley, and Skillicorn / Sen. Harmon  Would permit person not named in forfeiture complaint who claims to have interest in property to intervene, and permits court to appoint counsel for such person.  

Judiciary Committee recommended passage of HB 689, but died in Rules Committee.

 

Judiciary Committee recommended pasage of SB 1578, and it had 3 readings in Senate but no vote.

 

IN

SB 8 Sens. Boots, Young, Kruse, and Randolph Would require a criminal conviction prior to forfeiture, and where defendant is represented by Public Defender in criminal proceeding, would authorize PD's office to represent the individual in the forfeiture proceeding.

Committee on Corrections and Criminal Law recommended passage of substitute, which passed Senate, but died in House Committee on Courts and Criminal Code.

 

IN

SB 113  Sen. Kruse Would abolish civil forfeiture and provide a right to counsel for criminal forfeiture proceedings.

Died in Committee on Corrections and Criminal Law.


KS

HB 2306 House of Delegates Judiciary Committee  Clarifies that civilly committed sex offender has right to appointed counsel for annual review hearing, which would implement Court of Appeals decision.  

Judiciary  Committee recommended passage with amendments, and passed House, but died in Senate Judiciary Committee.

 

 

MD

HB 428 Numerous delegates  

Establishes procedure for termination of parental rights where child is product of nonconsensual sexual conduct, and requires appointment of counsel for termination hearing.

 

Reported favorably with amendments by Judiciary Committee, and passed House.   Passed Senate with amendment, but House declined to accept amendments and Senate refused to recede, so conference committee appointed and then sine die.

 

MD

HB 1165 Numerous delegates

Establishes procedures to set up visitation by family of person subject to guardianship, and permits court to appoint counsel for ward in visitee proceeding.

 

Health and Government Operations Committee recommended passage with amendments, and passed House, but died in Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee after a hearing.

 

ME

HB 363 Various cosponsors   

Would require appointment of counsel for child in child protective proceedings who is living with relative.

 

 

Died in Judiciary Committee.

MN

HB 988 Numerous cosponsors

Would create process for minor to petition for emancipation, and permits court to appoint counsel for minor or parents.

 
 

Died in Civil Law and Data Practices Policy Committee.

 

MS

HB 672 / HB 1033 / SB 2527 Rep. Wooten / Reps. Gipson and BomgarSen. Horhn

Would require counsel to be appointed prior to incarceration for failure to pay fees/fines.


HB 672 died in Judiciary A Committee.

 

HB 1033 referred to Judiciary B Committee, which removed right to counsel language.  Substitute eventually passed House and senate but was vetoed by Governor.  


SB 2527 died in Judiciary A Committee.

 

NE

LB 526  Sen. Morfeld

Would, among other things, require appointment of counsel for contempt proceedings related to debt collection.


Died in Judiciary Committee after hearing (indefinitely postponed on 5/23/17).  Portions of bill (but not right to counsel) went into LB 259, which did pass.

 

NV

SB 382 Numerous cosponsors  

Changes parental notification law for minor to have abortion so that initial request to waive parental notification is made to child welfare services agency instead of court, and if denied, minor has right to counsel in judicial review.


 

Died in Committee on Health and Human Services.

NV

SB 483 Senate Health and Human Services Committee

Authorizes court to appoint counsel for parents in paternity proceedings connected to abuse/neglect proceeding.

 
 

Health and Human Services Committee recommended passage with amendment, and passed Senate.  Assembly Health and Human Services Committee recommended passage, but placed on Chief Clerk's desk on 5/22/17.

 

OK

SB 93 Sen. Smalley, Rep. Biggs

Would require appointment of counsel or GAL for a child in need of medical treatment prior to releasing said child from emergency state custody if parents rely on spiritual means alone to treat child.


Died in Judiciary committee.


TX

HB 205  Rep. Keough  

Requires counsel to be appointed when suit brought against parent for required participation in court-ordered services.


Substitute bill favorably reported by Human Services Committee, but didn't make it any further.

TX

HB 596  Rep. Johnson  

Requires counsel or GAL appointed for child in conservatorships to continue as long as child remains in conservatorship.

 

Juvenile Justice and Family Issues Committee had public hearing and considered substitute, but left it pending in committee.

 

TX

HB 3109 Rep. Giddings  

Requires attorney ad litem appointed for child in conservatorships to continue appointment as long as child remains in conservatorship, subject to certain exceptions.


 

Human Services Committee reported favorably as substituted after public hearing, but didn't make it any further.  Competing bill (HB 7) passed by legislature was amended to keep discretionary language the same.

 

TX

HB 3542 Rep. Cain

Requires AG to appoint attorney ad litem for unborn child where there is issue of withholding of life-sustaining medical treatment from pregnant patient.

 

Died in State Affairs Committee.

 
TX SB 1912 Sen. Zaffirini   

Would permit court, "with the permission of the commissioners court of the county in which the court is located", to establish mental health public defender office.  Also would require court to appoint attorney from mental health PD office, regular PD office, or a private attorney in all proceedings for court-ordered mental health services.


Passed the House and Senate but vetoed by the Governor
VT  HB 263 Reps. Lucke, Frank, Christie, Dunn, and Savage

Provides procedure for health care worker exposed to bodily fluids of patient with communicable diseas to petition court to obtain blood sample from patient, and appoints counsel for "any indigent client not already represented."

 

Died in Human Services Committee.
WA HB 1003 Numerous cosponsors   

Requires parental notification for minor to obtain abortion, and requires appointment of counsel for minor in judicial bypass proceeding.

 

Died in Health Care and Wellness Committee.

WA

HB 1251 / SB 5363 Numerous Representatives / Numerous Senators

Would require counsel to be appointed for a child two years or older in dependency proceedings.


For HB 1251, Judiciary Committee approved substitute bill, but Appropriations Committee took no action after a public hearing.  For SB 5363, public hearing occurred before Human Services, Mental Health & Housing Committee, but no action taken.


WA

SB 5320 numerous Senate sponsors

Requires parental notification for minor to obtain abortion, and requires appointment of counsel for minor in judicial bypass proceeding.

 

Senate approved after public hearing, but referred to Senate Rules Committee and then set as "X" file. 

 

WV

HB 2808 Delegates Summers, Atkinson, Ellington, Rohrbach, and Shott Would create process for involuntary outpatient treatment and require appointment of counsel for proceedings to establish such treatment.

Health & Human Resources Committee recommended passage with amendment.  Judiciary Committee recommended passage with amendment.  Passed House but died in Senate.