Your support is needed for judicial branch, indigent defense budget requests
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ISBA members are needed to communicate the ISBA’s support for the judicial branch budget request and for the State Public Defender’s Office’s supplemental appropriations request for payment of court-appointed attorney fees. The Justice Appropriations Subcommittee will be considering both requests.


ISBA Members from districts 1A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 5A, 5C, 6, 8A and 8B, are especially critical to this effort to help inform members of the Justice Appropriations Subcommittee as they are constituents of the lawmakers serving on the subcommittee. The Justice System Appropriations Subcommittee includes the following senators and representatives:

Tom Courtney - Chair, Burlington (8B)       
Rob Hogg - Vice Chair, Cedar Rapids (6)
Julian Garrett - Ranking Member,
Indianola (5A)
Mark Chelgren, Ottumwa (8A)
Rich Taylor, Mt. Pleasant (8B)
Gary Worthan - Chair, Storm Lake (3A)
Darrel Branhagen - Vice Chair, Decorah (1A)
Todd Taylor - Ranking Member,
Cedar Rapids (6)
Marti Ander, Des Moines (5C)
Chip Baltimore, Boone (2B)
Stan Gustafson, Cumming (5A)
Steven Holt, Denison (3B)
Jerry Kearns, Keokuk (8A)
Brian Meyer, Des Moines (5C)

The judicial branch budget will be presented to the Justice Systems Appropriations
Subcommittee on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 10:00 a.m. To see the FY 2017 Judicial Branch Budget Request that includes decision packages to maintain the current level of service, a judicial salary increase and an increase for the jury and witness fund, click here. To review the talking points for communication with Justice System Appropriations Subcommittee members regarding the judicial branch budget, click here.


The State Public Defender’s Office is requesting an additional $3 million in supplemental appropriations this year. The funds will be used for the payment of court-appointed attorney fees. The claims by court-appointed counsel will exceed last year’s appropriation of $29.5 million by at least $3 million. The supplemental appropriations bill is needed to ensure that court-appointed counsel attorney fee claims are paid in a timely manner. 

Contact information for both ISBA Legislative Counsel and state legislators is available here.