assembly Bill A10706

Vetoed By Governor
2015-2016 Legislative Session

Requires state reimbursement to counties the full amount of expenditures for indigent legal services

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Archive: Last Bill Status Via S8114 - Vetoed by Governor

  • Introduced
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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Vetoed by Governor

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Dec 31, 2016 vetoed memo.306
Dec 20, 2016 delivered to governor
Jun 17, 2016 returned to senate
passed assembly
ordered to third reading rules cal.535
substituted for a10706
Jun 17, 2016 substituted by s8114
rules report cal.535
Jun 16, 2016 reported referred to rules
Jun 15, 2016 reported referred to ways and means
Jun 13, 2016 referred to codes


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A10706 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
Law Section:
County Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §722-e, County L; amd §832, Exec L; amd §98-b, St Fin L
Versions Introduced in 2017-2018 Legislative Session:

A10706 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Requires state reimbursement to counties and cities in which a county is located of the full amount of expenditures for indigent legal services.

A10706 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                              June 13, 2016

Introduced  by  COMMITTEE  ON  RULES -- (at request of M. of A. Fahy) --
  read once and referred to the Committee on Codes

AN ACT to amend the county law, the executive law and the state  finance
  law, in relation to indigent defense services


  Section 1. Legislative findings and declaration. It is  a  fundamental
right  of  all persons in the United States to be represented by counsel
in all criminal prosecutions. In the case of GIDEON V.  WAINWRIGHT,  372
U.S.  335,  the  United States Supreme Court ruled that indigent persons
accused in state felony cases who were unable to afford  counsel  had  a
constitutional right to be defended by an appointed attorney paid by the
state.  Subsequently, the Supreme Court determined that indigent persons
accused of any criminal charge that could result in imprisonment, wheth-
er a felony or misdemeanor, are entitled to counsel at  the  expense  of
the state.
  New  York state has chosen to fulfill its obligation to provide repre-
sentation to indigent persons accused of a crime by requiring each coun-
ty outside New York city and New York city to implement and fund a  plan
to  provide such representation. In 2006 the Commission on the Future of
Indigent Legal Services concluded that a system of county  operated  and
funded  indigent  defense  services failed to satisfy the constitutional
obligation to protect the rights of indigent persons accused of a crime.
Such Commission recommended that funding  for  indigent  legal  services
come from the State's general fund rather than from the counties.
  New  York state has entered into an agreement to settle a class action
lawsuit that alleged deprivation of the right to counsel in  five  coun-
ties.  The  agreement  acknowledges  that  the  Office of Indigent Legal
Services and the Indigent Legal Services Board are authorized "to  moni-
tor  and  study indigent legal services in the state, to recommend meas-
ures to improve those services, to award grant  monies  to  counties  to
support  their  indigent  representation  capability,  and  to establish
criteria for the distribution  of  such  funds."  While  the  settlement

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