Legislative Counsel Jim Carney highlights several of the association’s key
legislative initiatives and provides an overview of the 2015 legislative
session in a video recorded Monday, Feb. 2.
In the 10-minute video,
Carney discusses at length the bar’s efforts to increase the hourly rate
attorneys receive for representing indigent defendants, higher caps on expert
witness fees and the bar’s position on a proposal, House Study Bill 43, which
will allow residents from anywhere in the state to apply for open judgeship
positions. Presently, applicants for open judgeships must reside in the
judicial district or sub-district where the opening exists.
· The overall state
budget, which he says will be tight for the upcoming fiscal year.
· Making probate costs
uniform across the state and standardizing the assets that are included in
calculating those costs.
· Tort immunity, which
the association has historically opposed, on such activities as sledding
accidents and school incidents.
complete update video here.