FY12 State Budget
The MBA continues to aggressively fight efforts to dismantle the
existing private defense system in Massachusetts. On May 25, during
the Massachusetts Senate's floor consideration of the FY12 State
Budget, the Senate adopted an amendment regarding the current
statewide bar advocate indigent defense program. The amendment was
filed in response to the Senate Ways and Means recommendation
which called for a 50/50 split between public and private bar
participation in the program. The amendment reduced the public attorney
participation to a 30 percent level to be achieved by the end of
fiscal year 2012.
Also, the Senate rejected last night a number of amendments that
would have added funds to the Trial Court's budget. However, the
Senate added money back into the Mass. Legal Assistance
Corp budget line item to provide level funding of 9.5 million
dollars. After this week's Senate approval of the budget,
deliberations will soon move on to a joint House and Senate
Conference Committee to resolve differences before the start of the
new fiscal year on July 1, 2011.
In addition, the MBA also secured a seat on a proposed legislative study commission to
assess the impact of these bar advocate changes on local community
Thank you for contacting your local legislators in response to the MBA's
Legislative Alerts during this daunting budget process.
For more information,
call or e-mail MBA Legislative Activities Manager Lee Constantine
at (617) 338-0692 or [e-mail lconstantine].