Legislative Update: Impact of New Budget on WSBA Priorities
In relation to WSBA’s legislative priorities and interests:
Civil Legal Aid: The budget appropriates $32.808 million to the Office of Civil Legal Aid (OCLA) during FY18-FY19. This provides OCLA with a $5.817 million increase in appropriations from the previous (FY16-FY17) biennium. $3.675 million of the $32.808 million is provided solely for OCLA to partially implement the Civil Justice Reinvestment Plan.
Public Defense: The budget appropriates $87.807 million to the Office of Public Defense (OPD) during FY18-FY19. This provides OPD with a $9.699 million increase in appropriations from the previous (FY16-FY17) biennium.
A capital budget has yet to be passed as the third special legislative session continues. The third special session is scheduled to conclude on July 20, 2017.