2019/2020 Civil Right to Counsel Bills

 

Listed below are all of the 2019-2020 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.


Where any bills from a prior year are listed as "active", they are carryover bills.


 

 

Enacted bills

 

State Bill #

Description

Status

CO HB 1177 

Requires appointment of counsel for defendant when law enforcement officer seeks temporary extreme risk protection order to require person to surrender firearms.

 
 
Signed by Governor on 4/12/19.
GA HB 228  

Requires court to appoint counsel for minor seeking emancipation.


Signed by Governor on 5/6/19. 
IA HB 591

Requires court to appoint counsel for objecting parent, and permits court to appoint counsel for minor, in private guardianship proceedings.

 
Signed by Governor on 5/1/19.
IN HB 1006

Requires court to appoint an attorney ad litem for a minor seeking emancipation. 

 

Signed by Governor on 3/18/20.
ME SB 1811

Permits court to appoint attorney for person taken into protective custody by law enforcement in hearing to determine if person must surrender weapons.

 

Passed by House and Senate on 6/20/19.
MS SB 2828

Permits court to appoint counsel for adult or minor subjected to conservatorship.

 

Approved by Governor on 4/20/19.
NC HB 301

Clarifies that parents have right to counsel when unruly or delinquent child is placed in DSS custody.

 

Signed by Governor on 6/21/19. 
ND SB 2051

Permits court to appoint counsel for child when visitation or custody by nonparent is being considered.

 

Signed by Governor on 4/12/19.

 

ND SB 2073

Puts child guardianships under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court instead of the probate court, requires court to appoint counsel for birth parents, and permits court to appoint counsel for child.

 

Signed by Governor on 4/12/19.
NM SB 23

Requires court to appoint counsel for youth-turned-adult still in voluntary foster care.

 

Signed by Governor on 3/13/19.

 

NV AB 91

Requires guardian to seek court approval for sterilization of ward, and requires appointment of attorney and GAL for ward unless ward already has attorney or GAL.

 

Approved by Governor on 5/8/19.

 

UT SB 39

Establishes involuntary outpatient treatment and requires appointed counsel for potential patient.

 

Signed by Governor on 3/25/19.

 

VA HB 1933

Requires the court to appoint counsel for a prisoner subjected to medical/mental health treatment, where such prisoner cannot consent to the treatment.

 

Approved by Governor on 3/26/19.

 

WA SB  5604

Requires court to appoint counsel for parent in private guardianship proceeding, and court may appoint counsel for minor as well.

 

Signed by Governor on 5/21/19.

WV HB 115

Strengthens right to counsel for parents and children in child welfare proceedings.

 

Approved by Governor on 5/29/19.

 

Active bills

 

State Bill #

Description

Latest Status

federal HR 555 ("Disability Integration Act")

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

 

Referred to Committee on Energy and Commerce, and also Committee on the Judiciary, and then to subcommittee on Health and subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties on 2/25/19.

 

federal

S.662 ("Fair Day in Court for Kids Act") / S.1445 ("Central America Reform and Enforcement Act") / S.1733 ("Protecting Families and Improving Immigration Procedures Act") / HB 3918 / SB 2113 ("Stop Cruelty to Migrant Children Act")


Would require appointment of counsel for unaccompanied children in immigration removal proceedings.

 

S.662 introduced to Judiciary Committee on 3/5/19.

 

S.1445 ntroduced and referred to Judiciary Committee on 5/14/19.

 

S.1733 referred to Judiciary Committee on 6/5/19.

 

HB 3918 sent to Judiciary Committee, and then to subcommittees of Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations and to Immigration and Citizenship on 8/6/19.

 

SB 2113 sent to Judiciary Committee on 7/15/19.

 

federal

HB 1012 ("Reunite Every Unaccompanied Newborn Infant, Toddler and Other Children Expeditiously Act")

 

Would guarantee appointment of counsel for children and vulnerable adults in immigration removal proceedings.

 

Sent to Judiciary Committee, and then to Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship, on 3/22/19.
federal SB 3524 ("Northern Triangle and Border Stabilization Act")

 

Requires appointment of counsel for minors and "vulnerable adults" in immigration removal proceedings.

 

Referred to Committee on Foreign Affairs as well as a number of other committees, and then to subcommittees of Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations and to Immigration and Citizenship on 8/2/19.

 

federal HR 6HR 2820 ("American Dream and Promise Act of 2019" / "Dream Act of 2019")

Would require appointment of counsel for immigrant seeking judicial review of denial of adjustment of status in certain circumstances.

 

HR 6 passed House on 6/4/19.

 

HR 2820 voted favorably in House Judiciary Committee on 5/22/19.

federal HB 4155 / S.2389 ("Funding Attorneys for Immigrant Removal Proceedings Act") / HR 5210  / SB 2936 ("Refugee Protection Act of 2019")

Requires appointment of counsel for minors and "vulnerable aliens" in immigration removal proceedings.

 

HB 4155 sent to Judiciary Committee, then Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship on 8/15/19.

 

S. 2389 sent to Judiciary Committee on 7/31/19. 

 

HR 5210 introduced and referred to several committees on 11/21/19.

 

SB 2936 introduced and referred Judiciary Committee on 11/21/19.

 

federal HB 2835 ("Due Process Act")

Would require appointment of counsel for defendant in civil forfeiture case.

 

Referred to Committee on the Judiciary, as well as to the Committees on Financial Services, and Energy and Commerce, as well as Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, on 6/26/19.

 

federal HB 5072 (A Place to Prosper Act)

Would provide $6.5 billion in federal funding over 10 years to states/cities pursing a right to counsel for tenants facing eviction.

 

Introduced on 9/25/19.
federal HB 5298 (Eviction Prevention Act)

Would provide state/local funding for eviction representation and provide priority to jurisdictions establishing or pursuing right to counsel for tenants facing eviction.

 

Referred to Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties of the Judiciary Committee on 1/30/20.

 

federal HB 5884 / S 3305 ("Legal Assistance to Prevent Evictions Act of 2020")

Would create a federal grant program for representation of tenants, with a preference for jurisdictions that have established a right to counsel.

 

HB 5884 referred to House Committee on Financial Services on 2/13/20.

 

S. 3305 referred to Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs on 2/13/20.

 

federal S. 3452 ('Affordable Housing Opportunities Made Equitable Act")

Would provide federal funding to states/cities pursing a right to counsel for tenants facing eviction.

 

Referred to Finance Committee on 3/12/20.
federal HB 5717 / SB 3254

Would authorize state courts to appoint counsel for individual potentially subject to extreme risk protection order that would block possession of firearms.

 

HB 5717 referred to various committees on 1/30/20.

 

SB 3254 referred to Committee on Finance on 2/5/20.

federal HR 6037 (Fair Access to Legal Counsel Act of 2020)

Would clarify the standards for appointing counsel in federal court civil cases.

 

Referred to Judiciary Committee on 2/28/20.
AK SB 168

Would create process for sex offender to petition for removal from registry and would require appointed counsel for petitioner if indigent.

 

Referred to State Affairs Committee on 1/27/20.
AZ HB 2149

Would require criminal conviction prior to most forfeiture and would require appointment of public defender for forfeiture proceedings.

 

Assigned to Rules and Judiciary Committees on 1/21/20.
AZ SB 1487

Would require court to appoint counsel for out-of-home placement provider accused of abuse.

 

Did not pass Senate on 3/16/20.

CA SB 1016

Would specify that appointed counsel in conservatorships represents the expressed interests of the conservatee.

 

Introduced on 2/14/20.

CO HB 1105

Requires court to appoint counsel for parent in administrative proceeding on whether to list parent in abuse registry.

 

Referred to Public Health Care & Human Services Committee on 1/14/20.

 

CT HB 5178

Would require appointment of counsel for a child in a paternity proceeding if the court determines the child's interests aren't represented.

 

Referred to Joint Judiciary Committee on 2/19/20.
CT SB 7 / SB 456

Would provide state funding for legal representation of DV victims seeking an order of protection.

 

SB 7 referred to Judiciary Committee on 2/5/20.

 

SB 456 referred to Joint Judiciary Committee on 3/10/20.

 

CT SB 283

Requires counsel to be appointed for children in state department foster care custody up to age 23.

 

Joint Committee reported substitute on 3/10/20.

 

 CT SB 377

Would establish a right to counsel for minors in immigration removal proceedings.

 

Referred to Joint Judiciary Committee on 3/2/20.

 

GA HB 178

Would create involuntary outpatient treatment process and required appointment of counsel for respondent.

 

Did not make it out of committee, but carried over to 2020.
FL SB 404

Would require parental consent for minor to have abortion and appoint counsel for minor.


Passed Senate and House on 2/20/20.

 

HI HB 905 / SB 214 / SB 2110

Would require court to appoint counsel for parents in child welfare proceedings at the first hearing or delay proceedings absent an emergency.


HB 905 did not make it out of in  HSH, JUD, and FIN Committees, but carried over to 2020.

 

SB 214 passed HMS Committee with amendments but did make it out of JDC Committee.  Carried over to 2020.

 

SB 2110 passed Senate, and reported with amendments by HSH committee on 3/11/20.  Now in JUD and FIN committees.

 

HI SB 3

Would require court to automatically apoint counsel for protected person in guardianship proceeding, rather than requiring a request.

 

Deferred by JDC Committee on 2/1/19 but carried over to 2020 session.

IA SSB 3038

Would require appointment of attorney for respondent in proceeding to appoint emergency temporary guardian or conservator.

 

Introduced on 1/16/20.

IA HB 2447 / HB 2599 / SB 2182

Would create a pilot project for the public defender to provide assistance to parents prior to the initiation of formal dependency proceedings.

For HB 2447,  Appropriations Committee recommended passage on 3/3/20.

 

For HB 2599, introduced on 3/4/20.

 

For SB 2812, Committee recommended passage on 2/6/20.

 

IL SB 38 / SB 1588

Permits court to appoint counsel for petitioner in sexual harrassment no contact order proceeding if respondent is represented.

 

SB 38 did not receive committee assignment, but carried over to 2020.

 

SB 1588 passed Senate.  Did not make it out of Rules Committee, but carried over to 2020.

 

IL SB 2559

Would remove requirement that court appoint attorney ad litem for child in "related adoptions" where child is not youth in care, and instead make appointment discretionary.

 

Passed Senate and referred to House Rules Committee on 2/27/20.

IN HB 1418

Requires appointment of attorney ad litem for 17-year old petitioning court to marry and be emancipated.

 

Reported favorably by Judiciary Committee on 1/28/20.

IN SB 360

Requires court to appoint counsel for a child alleged to be a child in need of services as a victim of human or sexual trafficking.

 

Referred to Judiciary Committee on 1/13/20.

IN SB 289

Would require court to appoint attorney as guardian ad litem for minor seeking emancipation.

 

Passed Senate, and House as amended on 3/2/20, but Senate dissented on House amendments on 3/5/20.

 

KS HB 2533

Creates process for arbitration of private custody disputes and authorizes arbitrator to appoint counsel for child to represent best interests.

 

Judiciary Committee recommended passage on 2/17/20.

KS SB 404

Creates process for termination of parental rights when child is conceived as result of sexual assault, and requires appointment of counsel for parent.

 

Passed Senate and referred to House Judiciary Committee on 3/4/20.
KY HB 395

Would require appointment of counsel for respondents in DV proceedings who are minors or incarcerated, and would specify that appointed counsel for parents in child welfare cases does not extend to appeals.

 

Passed House with committee substitute and floor amendments, and referred to Senate Judiciary Committee on 3/18/20.

MA HB 1537 / HB 3456 / SB 913  Would create a right to counsel for low-income tenants in eviction cases.

HB 1537 referred to Joint Judiciary Committee and had public heairng on 7/16/19.

 

HB 3456 referred to Joint Judiciary Committee and had public heairng on 7/16/19.

 

SB 913 referred to Joint Judiciary Committee and had public heairng on 7/16/19.

 

MA HB 1396

Would require appointment of counsel for potential guardians of children in certain situations.

 

Reported favorably by Joint Judiciary Committee and referred to Ways and Means on 2/6/20.


MA HB 1452

Would remove right to appointed counsel for sex offender classification hearings.

 

Referred to Joint Judiciary Committee on 1/22/19.


MA HB 1553

Would create a right to counsel for those voluntarily civilly committed who seek release.

 

Referred to Joint Judiciary Committee on 1/22/19.


MA HB 4606 / HB 3347SB 834 / SB 860 Provides right to counsel for minors 13 and older seeking relief from DV-related abuse or harassment.

HB 4606 reported favorably by Judiciary Committee and referred to Joint Committee on Health Care Financing on 2/6/20.


HB 3347 referred to Joint Judiciary Committee on 1/22/19.


HB 3332 Reported favorably by Judiciary Committee and referred to  Joint Committee on Health Care Financing on 2/6/20.


SB 834 referred to Joint Judiciary Committee on 1/22/19.

SB 860 accompanied study order on 2/3/20.


MA HB 4349 / SB 2490

Creates process for supported decisionmaking agreement for those with developmental, intellectual or physical disability, or those eligible for guardianship, and requires appointed counsel for indigent person subject to agreement if agreement is challenged on grounds of abuse/neglect.

 

HB 4349 reported favorably out of Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities on 2/3/20.


SB 2490 reported favorably by Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities and referred to Ways and Means Committee on 3/9/20.


MA SB 941

Would require appointment of counsel for incapacitated person in proceedings regarding non-compliance with treatment plan.

 

Referred to Joint Judiciary Committee on 1/22/19.


MA SB 942

Would require appointment of counsel for individual receiving critical community health services person in proceedings regarding non-compliance with service plan.

 

Accompanied a study order on on 2/20/20.


MD HB 458 / SB 680

Requires court to appoint counsel when minor petitions for emancipation.

 

HB 458 referred to Judiciary Committee on 1/24/20.


SB 680 referred to Judicial Proceedings Committee on 2/3/20.


MD HB 1231 / SB 949

Requires court to appoint counsel for minor who petitions court for permission to marry.

 

HB 1231 passed House with amendments and referred to Senate Judicial Proceedings on 3/13/20.


SB 949 referred to Judicial Proceedings Committee on 2/3/20.


ME HB 531

Would change right to appointed counsel for adult guardianships so as to not require ward to request appointed counsel.

 

Did not make it out of Judiciary Committee but carried over to 2020.


ME SB 1312

Would create right to counsel for all parties in extreme risk protective order proceeding related to firearms.

 

Passed Senate. Voted down in House but carried over to 2020. 
MN HB 2593 / SB 1785

Would require appointment of counsel for tenants in public housing facing eviction due to an alleged breach of lease.

 

HB 2593 died in Judiciary Finance and Civil Law Division committee, but carried over to 2020.


SB 1785 died in Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy committees, but carried over to 2020.


MN HB 342 / SB 730

Requires court to appoint counsel for a "parent of an African American or other disproportionately represented child who is subject to an emergency protective care hearing."

HB 342 passed with amendments out of various committees but died in Health and Human Services Finance Division Committee.  Carried over to 2020.


SB 730 died in Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy committees, but carried over to 2020.


MN HB 3127 / SB 3245

Would require appointment of counsel for parents in abuse/neglect cases, rather than being discretionary (amended HB 3127 would establish task force to study issue rather than change law at present).

 

HB 3127 reported favorably as amended by Judiciary Finance and Civil Law Division and Government Operations, and referred to Health and Human Services on 3/12/20.


SB 3245 referred to Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy Committees on 2/17/20.

 

MN SB 1242

Tweaks timing and waiver of appointment of counsel for children in child welfare proceedings.

Died in Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy committees but carried over to 2020.


MN SB 2302

Requires appointment of counsel for child when court considers colocating child in "licensed residential family-based substance use disorder treatment program or services provided under the out-of-home placement plan."

 

Died in Health and Human Services Finance and Policy committee but carried over to 2020.


MO SB 888

Would eliminate birth parent's right to counsel in adoption cases.

 

Referred to Seniors, Families and Children Committee on 2/20/20.

NC HB 619 / SB 337

Would create guardianship study group that would examine, among other things, appointment of legal counsel in addition to guardian ad litem.

 

HB 619 passed House but died in Rules and Operations of the Senate Committee.  Carried over to 2020.


SB 337 died in Rules and Operations of the Senate Committee.  Carried over to 2020.


NE LB 231

Makes appointment of counsel in child welfare proceedings automatic for juveniles regardless of county size, and specifies that counsel appointed for juvenile continues through post-dispositional proceedings until relieved by court or requested by the juvenile.

 

Died after Judiciary Committee hearing, but carried over to 2020.


NE LB 941

Creates Youth in Care Bill of Rights, which includes appointment of counsel to advocate for the child's expressed interests.

 

Referred to Judiciary Committee on 1/14/20.


NH HB 1509

Would provide right to counsel to indigent person subject to loss of firearms due to emergency protection order in post secondary educational institution.

 

Referred for interim study by Education Committee on 2/19/20.

NJ AB 923 / SB 211

Permits court to appoint counsel for active service member who fails to appear in a proceeding.

 

AB 923 referred to Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee on 1/14/20.


SB 211 referred to Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee on 1/14/20.


NJ AB 684 / SB 2002

Requires court to appoint counsel in hearing to establish limited guardianship for purposes of authorizing treatment for substance abuse.


AB 684 referred to Human Services Committee on 1/14/20.

 

SB 2002 referred to Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee on 3/5/20.

 

NJ AB 2245

Requires court to appoint counsel for child prior to involuntary treatment.


 

Referred to Human Services Committee on 1/14/20.


NJ AJR 30 / SJR 36

Would create legislative task force to study appointment of counsel for DV victims.

 

AJR 30 passed Assembly and referred to Senate Judiciary Committee on 2/24/20.

 

SJR 36 referred to Judiciary Committee on 2/3/20.

 

NY AB 1095

Permits court to appoint counsel for a senior citizen tenant in eviction proceedings.

Died in Housing committee but carried over to 2020.


NY AB 5742

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

Died in Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Committee but carried over to 2020.


NY AB 5999 / AB 6125

Requires parental notification if minor seeks abortion and provides right to counsel for minor to seek judicial bypass of notification requirement.

 

AB 5999 died in Health Committee but carried over to 2020.


AB 6125 died in Health Committee but carried over to 2020.


NY AB 7586 / SB 5434

Provides right to counsel for kinship caregivers and respondents in child guardianship proceedings.

 

AB 7586 died in Children and Families Committee but carried over to 2020.


SB 5434 died in Judiciary Committee but carried over to 2020.


NY AB 6273 / SB 4047 Would create 3-year pilot program to expand representation in civil cases generally.

AB 6273 died in Judiciary Committee but carried over to 2020.


AB 6273 died in Judiciary Committee but carried over to 2020.


NY SB 7261

Would establish a right to counsel for immigrants in removal proceedings.

 

Referred to Finance Committee on 1/15/20.

OR HB 4040

Would establish a Family Treatment Court Program within the child welfare context for parents with substance abuse issues and require the PD to provide counsel for eligible persons.

 

Recommended favorably by Judiciary Committee and referred to Ways and Means Committee, which recommended passage with amendments on 3/3/20.

 

PA HB 243

Requires appointment of attorney, GAL, or "similar person" for child in parentage case if interests not adequately represented.

 

Referred to Judiciary Committee on 1/28/19.


PA HB 672

Would require appointment of counsel for civil commitment of minors 14-18 years old who object to commitment.

 

Passed House and in Senate Health and Human Services Committee as of 6/6/19.


PA HB 1075 / SB 90

Requires appointment of counsel in "extreme risk protection order" hearings relating to possession of firearms.

HB 1075 referred to Judiciary Committee on 4/5/19.


SB 90 referred to Judiciary Committee on 2/14/19.


PA HB 1920

Creates process for involuntary treatment due to substance abuse and requires appointed counsel for indigent respondents.

 

Introduced and assigned to Human Services Committee on 10/15/19.


PA SB 506

Would require appointment of counsel in involuntary treatment proceedings for drug abuse.

 

Referred to Judiciary Committee on 4/3/19.


PA SB 924

Would create process for guardianship of medically disabled adult children and require appointed counsel for such adult children in proceedings to establish the guardianship.

 

Introduced and referred to Judiciary Committee on 10/24/19.

TN HB 969 / SB 1344

Establishes involuntary outpatient treatment process and provides right to counsel for proposed patient.

 

HB 969 died in Health Committee but carried over to 2020.


SB 1344 died in Judiciary Committee but carried over to 2020.


VA HB 400 / SB 156

Would create program to provide voluntary extended foster care for youths 18-21 and authorize court to appoint counsel for the process.

 

HB 400 passed House and Senate on 2/18/20.


SB 156 passed House and Senate on 2/25/20.


VA HB 841

Would mandate the appointment of counsel for the protected person in a guardianship proceedings, rather than being discretionary.

 

Referred to Committee for Courts and Justice on 1/7/20.

VA HB 862

Would allow friend or close relative to make request that counsel is appointed for protected person in guardianship proceeding (current law only allows request from protected person or guardian ad litem).

 

Civil subcommittee of Committee for Courts of Justice failed to recommend reporting on 1/31/20.

VA SB 550

Would expand authorization of courts in First and Second Judicial Districts to appoint counsel for alleged victims from family abuse to also include dating relationship abuse.

 

Judiciary continued bill to 2021 on 2/3/20.


VA SB 872

Would authorize court to appoint an attorney ad litem for the child in a private custody dispute.

 

Passed by indefinitely by Judiciary Committee on 2/5/20.

WV HB 3064 / HB 4013

Establishes commitment procedure for IV drug users and requires appointment of counsel for respondent.

HB 3064 died in Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse Committee but carried over to 2020.


HB 4013 referred to Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse Committee on 1/9/20.



 

 

Dead bills

AL HB 231

Would have limited parental RTC in dependency proceedings to situations where State files petition or is a party.

 

Died after being reportedly favorably with amendment from Judiciary Committee.
AR  HB 1488 

Would have required appointment of counsel for biological parents in certain adoption proceedings.

 

Passed House but died in Senate Judiciary Committee.
CO  HB 1251 

Would have required the court to appoint an attorney as guardian ad litem for minors seeking emancipation.

 

Postponed indefinitely by Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs.

 

CT SB 652

Would have required appointment of counsel for tenants in eviction cases.

 

Died in Judiciary Committee.
CT HB 7189

Would have permitted court to appoint counsel for parent when child petitions for restoration of parental rights.

 

Died in Joint Judiciary Committee after public hearing.
CT SB 654

Would have required appointment of counsel for children in immigration proceedings.

 

Died in Joint Judiciary Committee.
CT SB 695

Would have required appointment of counsel for children and adults in immigration proceedings.


Died in Joint Judiciary Committee.
CT SB 991

Would have appropriated $800,000 for representation of children in immigration proceedings.


Joint Judiciary Committee recommended substitute bill, which got favorable report from Legislative Commissioners' Office and then died.

 

FL SB 818 Would have removed right to counsel for involuntary outpatient treatment.

Passed out of Children, Families, and Elder Affairs Committee, but then died in Judiciary Committee.


FL HB 823 / SB 646 Would have permitted court to appoint counsel for any foster child.

HB 823 passed out of Children, Families, and Elder Affairs Committee, but then died in Health and Human Services Committee.

 

SB 646 passed out of Children, Families, and Elder Affairs Committee, but then died in Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services.

 

FL SB 1774  

Would have required parental consent for minor to have abortion and require appointed counsel for minor in judicial bypass proceeding.

 

Received favorable report from Health Policy Committee, but then died in Judiciary Committee.

 

 
FL SB 870

Requires appointment of public defender for minor subject to civil commitment.

 

Died in Judiciary Committee.

 

FL HB 1229

Requires court to appoint counsel when minor voluntarily consents to treatment at facility, in order to ensure consent was truly voluntary.

 

Died in Children, Families, and Seniors Committee.

 

KY  SB 205

Would have broadened discretionary power of judges to appoint counsel for minors and persons with disabilities.

 

Passed Senate but died in House. 
MS  HB 130

Would have stripped the right to appointed counsel for parents where child in question conceived as result of rape or sexual battery.

 

Passed House but died in Senate Judiciary Committee.
MS HB 435

Would have required court to terminate parental rights if child conceived as result of rape or sexual battery, and eliminates requirement of evaluating whether to appoint counsel in such proceedings.


Died in Judiciary Committee.
MS HB 1546

Would have created procedure for civil commitment due to alcohol abuse and required appointment of counsel for respondent.

 

Died in Public Health and Human Services Committee.

 

NJ AB 5664

Would have created process to establish limited guardianship due to alcohol abuse, and required appointed counsel for potential ward.

 

Died in Human Services Committee.

NJ AJR 115 / SJR 69

Would create legislative task force to study appointment of counsel for DV victims.

 

AJR 115 passed Assembly but died in Senate Judiciary Committee.


SJR 69 died in Senate Judiciary Committee.


NM HB 600

Would have created parental notice requirement for minors to obtain abortion and authorized court to appoint attorney-GAL for minor.

 

Postponed indefinitely by HCPAC/HJC Committees.

OR SB 371

Would have created pilot projects to provide counsel for children in contested custody cases.

 

Passed out of Judiciary Committee but died in Ways and Means.

 

OR SB 682

Would have required appointment of counsel in adult protective and guardianship proceedings.

 

Passed out of Judiciary Committee with amendments but died in Ways and Means.

OR SB 891

Would have required appointment of counsel in public guardianship proceedings.

 

Passed out of Judiciary Committee but died in Ways and Means. 
TX HB 3379 / SB 480

Would have required appointment of attorney ad litem for every child in permanent managing conservatorship.

 

HB 3379 died in Human Services Committee.

 

SB 480 died in Health and Human Services Committee.

 

TX SB 333

Would have specified that attorney ad litem appointed for child in conservatorship proceedings continues as long as child is in conservatorship of the department.

 

Died in Health and Human Services Committee.

TX HB 3331 / SB 2091

Would have required appointment of counsel for parents and child child when petition filed to require child's custodian to participate in certain services related to the Department.

 

HB 3331ied after substitute reported favorably out of Human Services Committee.


SB 2091 died after being reported favorably out of Health & Human Services Committee.

 

TX HB 3605

Would have authorized court to appoint attorney ad litem for fetus when pregnant minor seeks judicial bypass of parental consent requirement.

 

Died after substitute reported favorably out of Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committeee.

TX HB 4562

Would have required appointment of counsel for proposed incapacitated adult in proceeding to appoint parental administrator.

 

Died in Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee.

 

TX SB 1783

Would have authorized court to appoint counsel for ward in proceeding to terminate guardianship.

 

Passed Senate but died in House after being reported favorably out of Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee.