2021/2022 FEDERAl/STATE CIVIL RIGHT TO COUNSEL BILLS

 

Listed below are all of the 2021/2022 federal/state 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

Latest Status

AR HB 1379

Requires court to appoint counsel in adoption cases for limited purpose of assisting birth parent execute or withdraw consent to adoption.

 

Became law on 4/6/21.
AR HB 1388

Authorizes court to appoint counsel in proceeding to enforce post-adoption contact agreement.

 

Became law on 4/22/21.

AR HB 1813

Removes indigency/request requirements for parents to be appointed counsel in neglect cases, and adds discretion for court to appoint counsel to noncustodial parents and putative fathers.

 

Became law on 4/21/21.

AZ HB 1391  

Establishes child's right to counsel in dependency and termination of parental rights cases.

 

Signed by Governor on 4/14/21.
AZ SB 1417   

In context of health care directives, authorizes court to appoint attorney when principal or another person petitions court to require agent to allow principal to have contact with someone.

 

Signed by Governor on 5/21/21.

 

CA

AB 1194

 

Requires court to appoint counsel for any unrepresented person in conservatorship proceedings.

 

Approved by Governor on 9/30/21.
CA

AB 1243

Authorizes court to appoint counsel for subject of adult protective person proceeding in certain circumstances.

 

 

Approved by Governor on 9/23/21.

 

CA

SB 1338

Requires court to appoint counsel for individuals subject to court-orderd CARE plan for mental health.

 

Approved by Governor on 9/14/22.

 

CO

HB 1094

 

Creates program to provide voluntary extended foster care for youths 18-21 and requires court to appoint counsel for the process.

 

Signed by Governor on 6/25/21.
CO

HB 1101

Permits court to appoint counsel for child in proceeding related to post-adoption contact agreements.

 

Signed by Governor on 7/7/21.

CO

HB 1038

 

Requires appointment of client-directed counsel for children 12 or older in abuse/neglect cases and prohibits waiver of counsel.

 

Signed by Governor on 4/12/22.
CO

HB 1245

 

Specifies that child eligible for Foster Youth in Transition Program has right to counsel.

 

Signed by Governor on 4/12/22.
CO

HB 1256

Changes civil commitment law to make right to counsel be regardless of income and applicable to all appeals.  Also creates new process for emergency hold where appropriate facility cannot be located and requires appointment of counsel.

 

Signed by Governor on 6/8/22.
CT

HB 6531

 

 

Provides a right to counsel for low-income tenants facing eviction.

 

Signed by Governor on 6/10/21.

 

DC B23-0181

Authorizes court to appoint counsel for a minor in certain protective order or anti-stalking cases provided it would not unduly delay issuance of order.

 

Returned by the Mayor on 1/14/21. 
DE SB 141

Removes discretion for court to appoint attorney for child in reinstatement of parental rights proceeding.

 
Signed by Governor on 9/30/21.
FL SB 80

Requires court to appoint counsel for caregiver of child in certain circumstances when change of custody sought post-disposition in child welfare cases.

 

Approved by Governor on 6/29/21. 

HI HB 345

Changes law for assisted community placement for drug/alcohol treatment such that a guardian ad litem is appointed instead of the public defender.

 

 

Approved by Governor on 6/24/21.

 

IA HB 743

Requires public defender to represent person seeking adoption of child after TPR, provided that public defender was involved in the TPR. 

 

 
Signed by Governor on 6/8/21. 
IL

HB 4605 

 

Authorizes court to appoint counsel for person claiming discrimination in housing transaction due to arrest record.

 

Approved by Governor on 4/22/22.

 

IL

SB 3144

 

Creates task force to investigate right to counsel for various immigration proceedings, including removal, credible fear hearings, and immigration habeas corpus petitions.

 

Approved by Governor on 5/13/22.

 

IN

SB 410

 

Requires court to appoint counsel for indigent caregiver who intervenes as party in termination of parental rights proceeding.

 

 

Signed by Governor on 3/10/22.

 

MD HB 18

Provides a right to counsel for low-income tenants facing eviction.

 

Became law on 5/28/21.

 

MD SB 662

Allocates $11,800,000 of certain abandoned property funds to eviction right to counsel for FY24.

Became law without governor's signature on 4/9/22.

 

MD HB 571 / SB 279  

Creates revenue source for eviction right to counsel bill passed in 2021.

 

Became law without governor's signature on 4/9/22.

 

MD  HB 83

Requires court to appoint counsel upon filing of a petition for emancipation of a minor in order to marry.

 

Approved by Governor on 4/21/22.
MD  SB 694

Requires court to appoint attorney or pay attorney's fees for attorney in proceeding for guardianship of estate of protected person.

 

Became law on 5/29/22.

 

ME HB 1030

Broadens circumstances in which parental rights can be terminated in private action between private parties, and requires appointment of counsel for respondent while authorizing appointment of counsel for petitioner where respondent is represented.  

 

Passed Legislature on 6/17/21 and became law without Governor's signature.
MO HB 429

Eliminates birth parent's right to counsel in adoption cases but preserves authority for court to appoint counsel for birth parent on discretionary basis.

 

Signed by Governor on 4/22/21.
MT SB 104

Permits court to appoint attorney for a child in an arbitrated child custody dispute.

 

 
Signed by Governor on 2/23/21. 
NC HB 132

Requires court to appoint provisional counsel for parent if motion to amend/modify child welfare order is filed and parent's previously-appointed attorney was released.

 

Signed by Governor on 8/6/21.
NC HB 301

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

 

Signed by Governor on 6/21/21.

 

ND HB 1035  

Requires court to appoint counsel for child in Child in Need of Care cases, and in child protection cases where child is "of sufficient age and competency to assist counsel."

 

Signed by Governor on 4/28/21. 
NE LB 307

Makes appointment of counsel automatic in delinquency cases regardless of county size.

 

Approved by Governor on 5/24/21.

 

NM

SB 35

 

Removes requirement of appointing counsel for appointment of temporary guardian and replaces with appointment of guardian ad litem.

 
Signed by Governor on 3/2/22.
NV SB 7

Requires court to appoint counsel for minor respondents in order of protection cases.

 

 

Approved by Governor on 5/27/21.

 

NV

SB 70

 

Requires appointed counsel for involuntary outpatient treatment services.

 

Approved by Governor on 6/4/21. 

 

NV

SB 274 

 

Creates process for admission of commercially sexually exploited child to receiving center or secured child care facility, and provides right to counsel for parents and children.

 

Approved by Governor on 6/4/21. 
OR SB 578  

Requires court to appoint counsel for respondent in adult protective proceedings where respondent requests counsel or objects to proceedings.

 

Signed by Governor on 6/23/21.

 

TX HB 567  

Requires court to appoint attorney ad litem for child and parent (immediately after petition but before hearing) where state petitions to require parent to participate in certain services.

 

Effective without Governor's signature on 5/15/21.
TX HB 3041

Creates pilot program for family preservation services in lieu of placing child in foster care, and requires appointment of attorney ad litem for both parent and child.

 

Signed by Governor on 6/4/21.

TX HB 3394

Authorizes court to appoint attorney ad litem upon court's own motion or motion of interested person in situation where there is belief that guardian of protected person is themselves suffering from incapacity.

 

Signed by Governor on 6/4/21.

 

TX HB 1315

Specifies that GAL or attorney ad litem, or counsel appointed for child, in proceeding for state to become managing conservator continues as long as the child is in conservatorship.

 
Signed by Governor on 6/16/21.
VA HB 663  

Requires appointment of counsel for mandatory outpatient treatment.

 

Became law on 4/27/22.

 

WA SB 5160  

Requires court to appoint counsel for indigent tenants in eviction court proceedings.

 

Signed by Governor on 4/22/21.

 

WA HB 1219  

Requires court to appoint counsel for all children in dependency proceedings.

 

Signed by Governor on 5/10/21. 

 

  

Active bills

 

State Bill #

Description

Latest Status

federal HB 530 ("REUNITE Act")

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

 

Referred to Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship on 3/5/21.

 

federal HB 1177 / SB 348 ("U.S. Citizenship Act")

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

 

HB 1177 referred to various committees as of 4/28/21.

 

SB 348 referred to Committee on Judiciary on 2/22/22.

 

federal

S. 901 ("Funding Attorneys for Indigent Removal Proceedings Act")

 

Requires court to appoint counsel if necessary to children and vulnerable adults in immigration removal proceedings.

Referred to Judiciary Committee on 3/25/21.

federal

HB 6 ("American Dream and Promise Act of 2021")

 

Requires appointed counsel for people appealing denial of adjustment of immigration status.

 

Passed House on 3/18/21.  Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee on 3/22/21.  Hearings held on 6/15/21.


federal

HB 3580 ("Eviction Prevention Act")

 

Provides federal funding for cities/states to expand tenant representation, with priority going to jurisdictions that have established a right to counsel for tenants facing eviction.

 

Referred to Committee on Financial Services and Judiciary Committee on 5/28/21.

 

federal HB 6696 ("HELP Act'")

Provides $10 billion in federal funding to states/cities to provide counsel for tenants facing eviction.

 

Referred to Committee on Financial Services on 2/9/22.

 

federal SB 1927 (CAPTA)

Amends Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment act (CAPTA) to require appointment of counsel for both parents and children.

 

Reported favorably with substitute from Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions on 11/15/21.

 

federal HR 5385SB 2234 ("Affordable HOME Act")

Creates federal funding for cities/states that enact a right to counsel for tenants facing eviction.

 

HR 5385 referred to various committees on 9/27/21.

 

SB 2234 referred to Committee on Finance on 6/24/21.

 

federal SB 3108

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

 

Referred to Judiciariy Committee on 10/28/21.

 

federal HR 8349 (Children's Safe Welcome Act")

Requires unaccompanied minors to be represented by counsel provided by the government.

 

Referred to Judiciary and Homeland Security Committees on 7/13/22.


federal SB 2417

Authorizes court to appoint counsel for person claiming discrimination on basis of certain disabilities in provision of community-based long-term services or support.

 

Referred to Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions on 12/16/21.


CA SB 1227

Requires appointment of counsel for involuntary treatment.

 

Passed Senate.  Voted out of Health and Judiciary Committee and to House floor on 6/30/22.


CT SB 309

Requires court to appoint counsel for children receiving extended foster care services.

 

Joint Committee on Children held public hearing on 3/8/22.


DC B24-0093

Authorizes arbiter in family law dispute to appoint counsel for a child at the expense of the parties.

 

Referred to Judiciary and Public Safety Committee on 3/2/21.  Public hearing held on 5/13/21.


DE SB 101

Creates a right to counsel for tenants facing eviction or termination of housing subisides, or who seek to affirmatively enforce housing rights.

 

Passed Senate.  House Housing & Community Affairs Committee on 6/8/21 reported favorably and assigned to Appropriations Committee on 3/24/22.


FL HB 1549SB 948

Requires court to appoint counsel for child placed in out-of-home care who is a subject of a dependency proceeding.

 

HB 1549 indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration on 3/12/22.

 

SB 948 reported favorably out of Children, Families, and Elder Affairs Committee and in Appropriations Committee, but then indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration on 3/12/22.

 

GA HB 1234

Requires court to appoint counsel for child receiving extended foster care services.

 

Passed House on 3/11/22  Favorably reported by Senate committee on 3/25/22.

HI HB 453 / SB 821

Requires court to appoint counsel for minor seeking emancipation.

 

HB 453 referred to HHH, JHA, and FIN Committees on 1/27/21.


SB 821 passed Senate on 3/9/21.  Assigned to House HHH, JHA, and FIN Committees on 3/11/21.  HHH recommended passage with amendments on 3/19/21.  JHA recommended deferring measure on 3/23/21.

HI HB 1863

Creates a right to counsel for tenants facing eviction who are at 80% or below of AMI, to be implemented by 2027.

 

Referred to CPC, JHA, and FIN Committees on 1/26/22.  CPC Committee voted to pass with amendments on 2/2/22.  JHA moved to defer measure on 2/14/22.



HI SB 2072

Requires court to appoint counsel for indigent parents in dependency proceedings to conform to constitutional rulings in In re TM and In re LI, and specifies timing.

 

 

Passed Senate and referred to House HHH and JHA Committees on 3/10/22.

IL HB 2879

Provides a right to counsel for anyone affected by state emergency health/safety order in challenge to that action.

 

Assigned to Rules Committee on 3/27/21.


IL HB 4378 / HB 4532 / HB 5229

Establishes a requirement that minor notify parents prior to seeking abortion and requires appointment of counsel for minor who seeks to bypass requirement.

 

HB 4378 referred to Human Services Committee on 2/9/22. 

 

HB 4532 referred to Rules Committee on 1/21/22.


HB 5229 referred to Human Services Committee on 2/9/22.

 

IL HB 5390 / SB 3992

Provides right to counsel for tenants facing eviction.

HB 5390 referred to Rules and Committee on 2/18/22.

 

SB 3992 referred to Assignments Committee on 1/21/22.

 

IL HB 4575

Provides right to counsel for student facing disciplininary action for failing to comply with emergency orders related to COVID-19.

 

Referred to Rules Committee on 2/18/22.

 

IN SB 180

Creates commission to determine creation of system for appointing counsel for children in child welfare proceedings (original bill would have created the right itself).

 

Passed Senate on 1/27/22.

KS HB 2496

Authorizes arbitrator in custody dispute to appoint counsel for the child.

 

Passed House, and referred to Senate Judiciary Committee on 3/2/22.

 


KS HB 2640

Specifies that public defender appointed for criminal defendant shall also represent defendant in related forfeiture proceedings.

 

Referred to Judiciary Committee on 2/8/22.  Hearing on 2/16/22.


KS SB 123

Creates process for terminating parental rights to child conceived due to sexual assault, and requires appointment of counsel for parent.  Court may also appoint attorney as guardian ad litem for child.

 

Referred to Judiciary Committee on 2/2/21.  Hearing on 2/11/21.


KY HB 118

Specifies that appointment of counsel in guardianship proceeding lasts until "the end of the period in which to perfect an appeal, or upon the resolution of the appeal or action."

 

Introduced on 1/4/22.

KY SB 132

Clarifies that attorney appointed for respondent in guardianship proceeding serves in client-directed role and not in ad litem role.

 

Assigned to Judiciary Committee on 2/7/22.

KY SB 278

Creates process for court issing crisis prevention order that removes ability to possess guns and requires appointment of counsel for indigent respondents in such proceedings.

 

Assigned to Veterans, Military Affairs, & Public Protection Committee on 3/2/22.

 

KY SB 366

Creates right to counsel for indigent tenants facing eviction.

 

Assigned to Judiciary Committee on 3/7/22.

 

LA HB 894

Requires public defender representing criminal defendant to represent that defendant in forfeiture proceedings involving $150k or more in currency.

 

Referred to Committee on Administration of Criminal Justice on 4/5/22.

 

LA HB 989

Authorizes court to appoint attorney to represent fetus when minor seeks to bypass parental consent for abortion, removes authorization to appoint child advocate attorney to assist child in making argument for bypass, and requires appointment of child advocate attorney for a) minors under 15 for purposes of assessing the minor's age; and b) where court denies bypass but determines minor may be in danger.

 

Passed House and referred to Senate Committee on Health and Welfare Committee on 5/24/22. 

LA HB 146

Requires court to appoint attorney for person under interdiction who lacks capacity where curator/tutor petitions for abortion or sterilization.

 

Reported favorably by Committee on Civil Law and Procedure on 5/2/22.

 

MA HB 1678

Removes right to appointed counsel in sex offender classification hearings.

 

Had hearing before Joint Committee on the Judiciary, but then accompanied study order on 6/9/22.


MA HB 1463

Requires court to appoint counsel for guardian of child regardless of indigence where guardian seeks to adopt or where non-custodial parent seeks change in custody, provided non-custodial parent is represented.

 

 

Had hearing before Joint Committee on the Judiciary, but then accompanied study order on 6/9/22.

 

MA HB 1724 / SB 2671

Provides a right to counsel in civil forfeiture cases.

 

HB 1724 referred to Judiciary Committee on 3/29/21.  Hearing on 9/23/21.

 

SB 2671 reported favorably by Judiciary Committee and referred to Ways and Means Committee on 2/10/22.

 

MA HB 1436 / SB 874

Creates a right to counsel for indigent tenants facing eviction.

 

HB 1436 referred to Joint Committee on Housing on 3/29/21.  Hearing on 10/12/21.

 

SB 874 referred to Joint Committee on Housing on 3/29/21.  Hearing on 10/12/21.

 

MA HB 1710 / SB 938

Provides a right to counsel for plaintiffs who are minors in protective order proceedings.

 

HB 1710 had hearing before Joint Committee on the Judiciary, but then accompanied study order on 6/9/22.


SB 938 referred to Joint Committee on the Judiciary on 3/29/21.  Accompanied a study order on 2/7/22.


MA HB 4725 / SB 124 / SB 2848

Requires court to appoint counsel for protected person if petition is filed to terminate supported decisionmaking on grounds of abuse/neglect/exploitation.

 

For HB 4725, Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities reported favorably and referred to Ways and Means Committee on 4/26/22.

 

SB 124 referred to Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities on 3/29/21.  Hearing on 11/22/21.


 

For SB 2848, Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities reported favorably and referred to Ways and Means Committee on 4/28/22.



MD HB 712SB 521

Creates a fund for the eviction right to counsel passed in 2021.

 

HB 712 assigned to Judiciary Committee on 1/31/22.  Hearing on 2/16/22.

 

SB 521 assigned to Judicial Proceedings on 1/28/22.  Hearing set for 2/15/22.

 

MD HB 114 / SB 129

Creates right to counsel in immigration removal proceedings.

 

HB 114 has hearing on 2/2/22 before Judiciary Committee.

 

SB 129 has hearing on 2/3/22 before Judicial Proceedings Committee.

 

MD HB 1038

Creates right to counsel for foreclosure cases.

 

Referred to Judiciary Committee on 2/10/22.  Hearing on 3/2/22.

 

MD SB 29

Requires court to appoint counsel for minor seeking emancipation in order to marry.

 

Passed Senate and House on 3/31/22.  Senate refused to consent to House amendments, so conference committee appointed.

 

MD SB 891

Requires minor or person with guardian to notify parent/guardian prior to seeking abortion, and requires appointment of counsel where minor/person seeks to bypass notice requirement.

 

Referred to Finance Committee on 2/7/22.  Hearing on 3/16/22.

ME HB 480

Requires automatic appointment of counsel in guardianships and conservatorships rather than requiring protected person to make a request.

 

Passed Senate and House on 4/18/22.

ME HB 2008

Creates process for involuntary substance use disorder treatment and requires appointment of counsel for court proceedings.

 

Passed House and Senate on 4/25/22.


MI HB 4848

Requires guardian ad litem in guardianship proceeding to inquire whether protected person who has not requested counsel needs counsel and make recommendation to the court.

 

Referred to Judiciary Committee on 5/18/21.

MI SB 503

Broadens circumstances in which court must appoint counsel for protected person in guardianship case.

 

Referred to Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety on 6/3/31.

MN HB 312 / HB 1078/ SB 941 / SB 383

Requires court to appoint counsel upon request for indigent parents in child welfare and termination of parental rights cases.

 

For HB 312, Judiciary Finance and Civil Law Committtee recommended passage with amendments and referred to Human Services Finance and Policy on 2/15/21.


HB 1078 indefinitely postponed on 4/17/21.


For SB 941, Civil Law and Data Practices Policy Committee recommended passage with amendments, and referred to Human Services Reform Finance and Policy Committee on 2/22/21.


SB 383 passed Senate and laid on table on 4/29/21.


MN HB 1151SB 843

Requires court to appoint counsel for indigent African-American parents in child welfare proceedings.

 

HB 1151 referred to Judiciary Finance and Civil Law Committee on 3/4/21.  Committee voted to adopt as amended on 3/10/21.


SB 843 referred to Civil Law and Data Practices Policy Committee on 2/11/21.


MN HF 450 / HF 1077 /SB 1290

Provides a right to counsel for public housing tenants facing eviction for an alleged breach of lease.

 

 

For HF 450, Housing Finance and Policy Committee recommended passage on 2/218/21.  Referred to Judiciary Finance and Civil Law Committee.


HF 1077 passed House and Senate on 4/20/21.  House refused to concur w/Senate amendment, so conference committee appointed on 4/21/21.


For SB 1290, bill referred to Civil Law and Data Practices Policy Committee on 2/22/21.


 

 

MN HB 4858SB 4316

Provides a right to counsel for all tenants facing eviction.

 

 
 

HB 4858 referred to Judiciary Finance and Civil Law Committee on 5/3/22.


SB 4316 referred to Civil Law and Data Practices Policy Commtitee on 3/28/22.


MO SB 1216

Creates right to counsel for parents in abuse/neglect cases (current law makes appointment discretionary).

 

Hearing before Seniors, Families, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee  on 4/27/22


NE LB 419

Requires court to appoint counsel for all tenants in eviction proceedings.

 

Indefinitely postponed on 4/20/22 after public hearing before Judiciary Committee.


NH HB 1465

Specifies that child's right to counsel in delinquency cases extends to other proceedings that are "substantively related".

 

Children and Family Law Committee voted Ought to Pass with amendment on 2/10/22.

NJ AB 1552 / SB 2177

Guarantees a right to counsel for tenants facing eviction.

 

Referred to Judiciary Committee on 1/11/22.

 

referred to Judiciary Committee on 3/7/22.

 

 

NJ AB 2708

Creates process for involuntary civil commitment of children and requires appointment of counsel for child if indigent.

 

Referred to Women and Children Committee on 2/14/22.

 

NJ AB 4303

Specifies that counsel must be appointed in all guardianship cases involving an indigent respondent and that appointment lasts until the guardianship is terminated.

 

Referred to Human Services Committee on 6/20/22.

 

NJ AB 753 / SB 167

Requires court to appoint counsel where defendant fails to appear in civil case and no affidavit is filed stating that defendant is not in active military.

 

AB 753 referred to Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee on 1/11/22.

 

NJ AJR 15 / SJR 67

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

 

AJR 15 referred to Judiciary Committee on 1/11/22.

SJR 67 referred to Judiciary Committee on 3/3/22.

 

 

NJ SB 1483

Specifies that appointed counsel in guardianship cases lasts until the guardianship is terminated.

 

Referred to Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee on 2/10/22.

 

NJ SB 1301

Requires appointment of counsel for conservatorships (current law makes it discretionary).

 

Referred to Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee on 2/3/22.

 

NY AB 416 Provides for mandatory quarantine of individuals/groups due to communicable disease, and specifies that "access to counsel will be facilitated to the extent feasible under the circumstances."

 

Referred to Health Committee on 1/6/21.

 

NY AB 7570 / SB 6678

Guarantees appointment of counsel for tenants in a variety of situations, including evictions and affirmative cases to enforce housing rights.

 

AB 7570 passed Senate on 6/3/22.

 

SB 6678 amended and re--referred to Housing, Construction, and Community Development Committee on 3/14/22.

 

NY AB 2581

Requires appointment of counsel for a kinship caretaker acting as a parent of a child and who is seeking guardianship/custody of the child.

 

Children and Families Committee amended, reported, and referred to Ways and Means Committee on 2/15/22.

 

NY AB 3780

Establishes a requirement that minor notify parents prior to seeking abortion and requires appointment of counsel for minor who seeks to bypass requirement.

 

Referred to Health Committee on 1/5/22.

NY AB 5778

Provides that, if tenant defaults in eviction case, petitioner must alleged whether or not tenant is not senior citizen, and if senior citizen, court may appoint counsel to represent tenant.

 

Referred to Housing Committee on 2/24/21.

 

NY AB 4266 / SB 3300

Creates system for appointing counsel for a wide range of civil cases, including housing, license suspension, employment, child custody, and sustenance.

 

AB 4266 referred to Judiciary Committee on 1/5/22.


SB 3300 referred to Local Government Committee on 1/5/22.


NY SB 6074

Requires court to appoint counsel for kinship caregiver seeking custody or guardianship of child, and for all respondents in child guardianship proceedings.

 

Passed Senate and referred to Assembly Ways and Means Committee on 3/21/22.


NY SB 1357

Provides right to counsel in immigration proceedings for people who reside in or were present in the state when detained.

 

Referred to Finance Committee on 1/5/22.

NY AB 1961SB 81

Provides right to counsel in immigration proceedings for people who are domiciled in NY or have significant nexus to the state.

 

HB 1961 referred to Codes Committee on 1/5/22.


SB 81 referred to Finance Committee on 1/5/22.


NY AB 2583SB 803

Provides right to counsel for unaccompanied minors in immigration proceeedings.

 

AB 2583 reportred from Social Services Committee and referred to Ways and Means Committee  on 5/6/22.

 

SB 803 referred to Children & Families Committee on 1/5/22.

 

NY AB 3306SB 1381

Provide right to counsel for veterans for a variety of civil cases.

 

AB 3306 referred to Judiciary Committee on 1/5/22.

 

SB 1381 referred to Judiciary Committee on 1/5/22.

NY AB 188

Provides right to counsel for sex offender challenging order of electronic monitoring.

 

Referred to Corrections Committee on 1/5/22.

 

NY AB 5216

Creates process for outpatient treatment fo substance abuse and requires appointment of counsel.

 

Referred to Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Committee on 1/5/22.

 

NY SB 1142 / SB 8111

Provides right to counsel for small businesses in bankruptcy proceedings related to COVID-19.

 

SB 1142 referred to Finance Committee on 1/7/22.

 

SB 8111 referred to Finance Committee on 1/25/22.

OH HB 622

Provides right to counsel for tenants facing eviction who are at 200% or below of federal poverty level and have at least one child.  Creates fund to pay for RTC that comes from funds donated to Ohio Accesss to Justice Foundation and funds provided by the state legislature.

 

Referred to Civil Justice Committee on 5/17/22.

 

OK HB 1765

Requires court to appoint counsel for involuntary drug/alcohol treatment.

 

Referred to Public Health Committee on 2/2/21.

 

PA HB1366

Authorizes arbitrator in custody arbitration to appoint counsel for child.

 

Passed House and referred to Senate Judiciary Committee on 11/19/21.

PA HB 1903

Requires court to appoint counsel for respondent in cases involving extreme risk protection orders related to firearms.

 

Referred to Judiciary Committee on 9/23/21.


PA HB 1928 / HB 2636

Requires court to appoint counsel for protected person in guardianship proceedings (current law makes it discretionary).

 

 

HB 1928 referred to Aging and Older Adult Services Committee on 9/28/21.


HB 2636 referred to Judiciary Committee on 6/1/22.



SC HB 3072 / HB 3373

Requires appointment of counsel for tenants in any cases relating to termination or alleged noncompliance with rental agreement.

 

HB 3072 referred to Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry on 1/12/21.


HB 3373 referred to Judiciary Committee on 1/12/22.



SC HB 4086

Creates process for person committed to Sexually Violent Predator Treatment Unit to challenge commitment and subsequent periodic reviews based on ineffective assistance of counsel during commitment trial or periodic review proceedings, and requires appointed counsel for the challenge.

 

Referred to Judiciary Committee on 3/17/21.

SC HB 4544

Requires GAL appointed for child in custody proceeding to be an attorney.

 

Referred to Judiciary Committee on 1/11/22.


SC HB 5113

Requires appointment of counsel for temporary hearing for guardianship.

 

Passed House and referred to Senate Judiciary Committee on 4/5/22.


SC SB 70

Eliminates civil forfeiture and specifies that PD may represent person in forfeiture portion of criminal proceeding if that person was already represented by the PD.

 

Referred to Judiciary Committee on 1/29/21.

TN HB 1920SB 1803

Creates process for involuntary outpatient treatment for people who threaten violence to others, and requires appointment of counsel for the process.

 

 

HB 1920 assigned to Health Committee on 1/28/22.

 

SB 1803 referred to Judiciary Committee on 1/24/22.

 

TN HB 2525 / SB 2545

Specifies that public defender for criminal defendant shall represent defendant in related forfeiture proceedings for which defendant is a claimant.

 

 

HB 2525 referred to Criminal Justice Committee on 2/7/22.

 

SB 2545 assigned to Judiciary Committee on 2/7/22.

 

VT HB 564

Requires notification of parents for minor to have abortion, and creates bypass proceeding where minor is appointed counsel.

 

Referred to Committee on Human Services on 1/11/22.

WA SB 5053

Establishes court bypass procedure for new requirement for minors to notify parents prior to seeking abortion, and require appointed counsel for such a procedure.

 

Referred to Law & Justice Committee on 1/11/21.

WA SB 5297

Authorizes court to appoint counsel for petitioner in domestic violence protection order case if the respondent is represented by counsel.

 

Referred to Law & Justice Committee on 1/11/21.

 

WI HB 630

Requires court to appoint counsel if motion to terminate parental rights is filed within a CHIPS proceeding.

 

Referred to Committee on Family Law on 10/21/21.  Public hearing held on 12/1/21.

 

WV HB 2258 / HB 2277

Establishes procedure for treatment of IV drug users and requires appointed counsel for petitions related to such procedure.

 

HB 2258 referred to Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse and Judiciary Committees on 2/10/21.

 

HB 2277 referred to Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse and Judiciary Committees on 2/10/21.


WV HB 2280

Creates process for involuntary treatment for substance use and requires appointment of counsel for respondent.

 

Referred to Health and Human Resources and Judiciary Committees on 1/12/22.

 

WV HB 302

Requires appointment of counsel for proceeding for minor to seek bypass of parental notification requirement for abortion.

 

Judiciary Committee voted Do Pass with amendment on 7/26/22.

 

Dead bills

AL HB 394  

Eliminates civil forfeiture in some circumstances and specifies that PD may/shall represent person in forfeiture portion of criminal proceeding if that person was already represented by the PD.

 

Indefinitely postponed on 5/6/21.

 

 
FL HB 405 / SB 828

Requires court to appoint public defender when minor assents to admission to inpatient mental health treatment.

 

HB 405 died in Health & Human Services Committee on 2/8/21.


SB 828 died in Appropriation Committee after being referred out by Children, Families, and Elder Affairs Committee.


FL HB 1323

Creates right to counsel for respondent in risk protection order cases.

 

Died in Judiciary Committee.

 

FL SB 1100

Specifies that children in out-of-home care have a right to an attorney to represent their legal interests "where appropriate."

 

Died in Appropriations Subcommittee after being referred out by Children, Families, and Elder Affairs Committee.


FL SB 1812

Authorizes regional counsel to provide pre-petition representation in child welfare cases.

 

Died in Children, Families, and Elder Affairs Committee.

 

FL SB 1920

Requires court to appoint counsel for child 10 or older in child welfare proceeding.

 

Died in Appropriations Committee after being referred out by Children, Families, and Elder Affairs Committee.

 

IN SB 339

Requires court to appoint counsel for child in child welfare case where basis for case is human trafficking.

 

Died in Committee on Corrections and Criminal Law Committee.


IN SB 350

Requires appointed counsel for tenants in small claims possessory actions in Marion County.

 

Died in Judiciary Committee.

KY HB 420

Would require appointment of counsel for minors or incarcerated adults who are respondents in order of protection cases.

 

Passed House but died in Senate Judiciary Committee.

KY HB 463

Requires court to appoint counsel for indigent respondent subject to extreme risk protection order related to firearms.

 

Died in Committee on Committees.


KY SB 229

Requires court to appoint counsel for indigent respondent subject to crisis aversion and rights retention order related to firearms.

 

Died in Committee on Committees.


MD HB 750 / SB 317

Provides a right to counsel for immigration removal proceedings.

 

HB 750 died in Judiciary Committee after hearing.


SB 317 died in Judicial Proceedings Committee after hearing.


MD HB 242 / SB 173

Requires court to appoint counsel for minor seeking to emancipate in order to marry.

 

HB 242 passed House with amendments on 3/18/21, then died in Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.

 

SB 173 died in to Judicial Proceedings after hearing.

 

NJ AB 5664 / SB 4016

Guarantees a right to counsel for tenants facing eviction.

 

AB 5664 died in Assembly Judiciary Committee.


SB 4016 died in Senate Judiciary Committee.


NJ AB 923 / SB 211

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

 

AB 923 died in Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee.


SB 211 died in Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee.


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 died in Human Services Committee.

 

SB 2002 died in Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

 

NJ AB 4615 / SB 2877

Requires appointment of counsel for all conservatorship proceedings until conservatorship terminated.


AB 4615 reported out of Aging and Senior Services Committee with amendments, but didn't go any further.

 

SB 2877 died in Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

 

NJ AB 4618 / SB 2876

Requires appointment of counsel for all guardianship proceedings until guardianship terminated.


AB 4618 reported out of Aging and Senior Services Committee with amendments that removed requirement of counsel continuation until termination, but then didn't go any further.

 

SB 2876 died in Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

 

NJ AB 2245

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


 

Died in Human Services Committee.


NJ AJR 30 / SJR 36

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

 

AJR 30 passed Assembly but died in Senate Judiciary Committee.

 

SJR 36 died in Judiciary Committee.

 

NJ AB 4522 / SB 2778  

Requires court to appoint counsel for proceeding to civilly commit person for substance abuse.

 

 

AB 4522 died in Health Committee.


SB 2278 died in Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.


OR HB 2545

Requires court to appoint counsel for indigent parents in child custody proceedings.

 

Died in Subcommittee of Civil Law within Judiciary Committee after hearing. 

OR HB 3022

Eliminates right to counsel for children in custody proceedings and makes appointment discretionary.

 

Died in to Subcommittee on Civil Law within Judiciary Committee after hearing.


TN HB 502 / SB 408

Requires court to appoint counsel for individual subjected to mandatory outpatient/inpatient treatment due to being a risk to cause serious harm to other persons.

 

HB 502 failed in Health Committee.


SB 408 died in Judiciary Committee.

TN HB 896SB 684

Requires court to appoint counsel when person's provisionally-restored right to vote is revoked due to willful non-compliance with child support repayment plan.

 

HB 896 died in Criminal Justice Committee.


SB 684 died in Judiciary Committee.

TX HB 107

Requires court to appoint counsel for parents prior to ordering participation in services.

 

Died before committee assignment.

TX HB 1171

Authorizes court to appoint an attorney ad litem or guardian ad litem to represent fetus in proceeding initiated by minor to bypass parental consent requirement for abortion.

 

Reported favorably by Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee, then died.

 

TX HB 4034

Requires court to appoint an attorney ad litem or guardian ad litem to represent fetus in proceeding initiated by minor to bypass parental consent requirement for abortion.

 

Died in Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee.
TX HB 1190 / HB 1204

Requires appointment of counsel for indigent alleged sex offenders for administrative hearings as to whether to place the offender on the registry.

 

HB 1190 died after being reported favorably as substituted by Human Services Committee.


HB 1204 died in Human Services Committee.


TX HB 1675

Would remove requirement to appoint attorney ad litem in certain guardianships involving minors who become adults.

 

Passed House, then died in Senate Jurisprudence Committee.

TX SB 1576

Creates pilot program for family preservation services in lieu of placing child in foster care, and requires appointment of attorney ad litem for both parent and child.

 

Died in Health and Human Services Committee.

TX SB 1603

Creates process for placing parent on abuse/neglect central registry and requires appointment of counsel for alleged offending parent.

 

Died in Health and Human Services Committee.


VA HB 2166

Requires appointment of counsel for periodic review of involuntary outpatient treatment.

 

Passed House, then died in Senate Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services. 


VA SB 550

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

 

Died in Judiciary Committee.

VA HB 116

Eliminates process for involuntary sterilization of developmentally disabled person while allowing such person to volintarily seek such sterilization and requiring appointed counsel for such a hearing.

 

Died in Committee on Human Services.