Archive for Thursday, January 26, 2006

Capitol Report for Jan. 26

January 26, 2006

The Senate last week amended and passed, 30-7, House Bill 2129, which would raise the compensation rate for attorneys, other than a public defender, representing indigent criminal defendants.

Currently the state pays $50 an hour for the services. HB 2129 would raise that amount to $80 an hour.

The bill, which was approved in the 2005 session by the House, now goes to a joint House-Senate conference committee.

A yes vote favored passage; a no vote was against passage.

Here's how area senators voted:

Yes: Mark Gilstrap, D-Kansas City; Roger Pine, R-Lawrence.


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