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LRB-0883/1
CMH:klm
2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
January 20, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Kessler, C. Taylor, Berceau
and Brostoff, cosponsored by Senators L. Taylor, Wirch, Risser and
Vinehout. Referred to Committee on Judiciary.
AB37,1,3 1An Act to amend 977.08 (4m) (c); and to create 977.08 (4m) (d) of the statutes;
2relating to: increasing the rate paid to private attorneys for representing
3indigent clients.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, the state public defender provides legal representation for
indigent persons in criminal, delinquency, and certain related cases. The SPD
assigns cases either to staff attorneys or to local private attorneys. Generally, a
private attorney who is assigned a case by the SPD is paid $40 per hour for time spent
related to the case. This bill increases to $100 per hour the amount a private attorney
is paid for time spent related to the case.
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB37,1 4Section 1. 977.08 (4m) (c) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB37,2,65 977.08 (4m) (c) Unless otherwise provided by a rule promulgated under s.
6977.02 (7r) or by a contract authorized under sub. (3) (f), for cases assigned on or after

1July 29, 1995, and before the effective date of this paragraph .... [LRB inserts date],
2private local attorneys shall be paid $40 per hour for time spent related to a case,
3excluding travel, and $25 per hour for time spent in travel related to a case if any
4portion of the trip is outside the county in which the attorney's principal office is
5located or if the trip requires traveling a distance of more than 30 miles, one way,
6from the attorney's principal office.
AB37,2 7Section 2. 977.08 (4m) (d) of the statutes is created to read:
AB37,2,158 977.08 (4m) (d) Unless otherwise provided by a rule promulgated under s.
9977.02 (7r) or by a contract authorized under sub. (3) (f), for cases assigned on or after
10the effective date of this paragraph .... [LRB inserts date], private local attorneys
11shall be paid $100 per hour for time spent related to a case, excluding travel, and $25
12per hour for time spent in travel related to a case if any portion of the trip is outside
13the county in which the attorney's principal office is located or if the trip requires
14traveling a distance of more than 30 miles, one way, from the attorney's principal
15office.
AB37,2,1616 (End)
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