senate Bill S1672

Amended

Provides funding for the public defense backup center of the New York State Defenders Association

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 18 / Dec / 2013
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO FINANCE
  • 18 / Dec / 2013
    • PRINT NUMBER 1672A
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE

Summary

Provides funding for the public defense backup center of the New York State Defenders Association; appropriates $3 million from the indigent legal services fund.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S1672
S1672A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
State Finance Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง98-b, St Fin L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S102, S5143B
2009-2010: S4544

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BILL NUMBER:S1672

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the state finance law, in relation to providing funds for the
public defense backup center of the New York State Defenders
Association; and to amend section 3 of part W of chapter 55 of the laws
of 2012 amending the state finance law relating to support for the public
defense backup center, in relation to making such provisions permanent

PURPOSE: To provide for funding under the indigent
legal services fund
for the New York State Defenders Association.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Amends section 98-b
of the State
Finance Law to include services and expenses of the public defense
backup center of the New York State Defenders Association.
Further allocates $3 million to be made available for the public
defense backup center of the New York State Defenders Association.

JUSTIFICATION: The New York State Defenders
Association through their
public defense backup center provides important legal services for
those needing legal defense. As there is no dedicated funding for
this program each year this program must worry about its
sustainability due to the possibility of a lack of state funds.
Further by including this under the Indigent Legal Services Fund, the
program finds a statutory home that is germane to their core mission.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S 5143C introduced to
Senate Finance Committee

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None. As Money is already
appropriate for this program in the budget.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  1672

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. GRISANTI, MARTINS -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance

AN  ACT  to  amend the state finance law, in relation to providing funds
  for the public defense backup center of the New York  State  Defenders
  Association;  and  to  amend  section 3 of part W of chapter 55 of the
  laws of 2012 amending the state finance law relating  to  support  for
  the   public  defense  backup  center,  in  relation  to  making  such
  provisions permanent

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 2 and paragraph (d) of subdi-
vision 3 of section 98-b of the state  finance  law,  paragraph  (a)  of
subdivision  2  as  amended  by section 1 of part W of chapter 55 of the
laws of 2012 and paragraph (d) of subdivision 3 as added by section 2 of
part E of chapter 56 of the  laws  of  2010,  are  amended  to  read  as
follows:
  (a)  The  purpose of such fund shall be to (i) assist counties and, in
the case of a county wholly contained  within  a  city,  such  city,  in
providing legal representation for persons who are financially unable to
afford  counsel  pursuant  to article eighteen-B of the county law; (ii)
assist the state, in improving the quality of  public  defense  services
and  funding representation provided by assigned counsel paid in accord-
ance with section  thirty-five  of  the  judiciary  law;  (iii)  provide
support for the operations, duties, responsibilities and expenses of the
office  of indigent legal services and the indigent legal services board
established, respectively, pursuant to sections eight hundred thirty-two
and eight hundred thirty-three of the executive law;  and  (iv)  provide
[support]  for SERVICES AND EXPENSES OF the public defense backup center
OF THE NEW YORK STATE DEFENDERS ASSOCIATION.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04694-02-3

S. 1672                             2

  (d) BEGINNING IN STATE FISCAL YEAR TWO  THOUSAND  THIRTEEN  AN  ANNUAL
AMOUNT  OF THREE MILLION DOLLARS SHALL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE NEW YORK
STATE DEFENDERS ASSOCIATION FROM SUCH FUND FOR THE SERVICES AND EXPENSES
OF ITS PUBLIC DEFENSE BACKUP CENTER.
  (E)  Remaining  amounts  within such fund, after accounting for annual
payments required in paragraphs (a), (b) [and],  (c)  AND  (D)  of  this
subdivision  and  subparagraph (iii) of paragraph (a) of subdivision two
of this section shall be distributed in accordance with  sections  eight
hundred thirty-two and eight hundred thirty-three of the executive law.
  S  2.  Section 3 of part W of chapter 55 of the laws of 2012, amending
the state finance law relating to support for the public defense  backup
center is amended to read as follows:
  S  3. This act shall take effect April 1, 2012 [and shall expire March
31, 2013 when upon such date the provisions of this act shall be  deemed
repealed].
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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