HB 67 — Public Defender Duties
by Rep. Fernandez-Barquin (SB 752 by Senator Gruters)
This summary is provided for information only and does not represent the opinion of any Senator, Senate Officer, or Senate Office.
Prepared by: Judiciary Committee (JU)
The bill specifies that a court may not appoint a public defender when the defendant has already retained private counsel. However, the bill does not prohibit the appointment of a public defender in situations where a defendant is no longer represented by private counsel.
If approved by the Governor, these provisions take effect July 1, 2021.
Vote: Senate 39-0; House 116-0