Senate Bill No. 229
(By Senators Bowman, Bailey, Dawson,
Kessler, McCabe, Minard, Redd, Walker,
Wooton, Boley and Minear)
[Originating in the Committee on Government Organization;
reported January 27, 2000.]
A BILL to amend and reenact section three, article twenty-one,
chapter twenty-nine of the code of West Virginia, one thousand
nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, relating to continuing
the public defender services.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That section three, article twenty-one, chapter twenty-nine of
the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as
amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 21. PUBLIC DEFENDER SERVICES.
§29-21-3. Establishment of public defender services, termination
There is hereby created an executive agency known as public
defender services. The agency shall administer, coordinate and
evaluate programs by which the state provides legal representation
to indigent persons, monitor the progress of various delivery
systems and recommend improvements. The agency shall maintain its
office at the state capitol.
Pursuant to the provisions of article ten, chapter four of
this code, public defender services shall continue to exist until
the first day of July, two thousand two, unless sooner terminated,
continued or reestablished by act of the Legislature.
(NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to continue the Public
Defender Services until July 1, 2002, pursuant to the provisions of
the West Virginia Sunset Law.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from
the present law, and underscoring indicates language that would be
This bill is recommended by the Joint Committee on Government
Operations for passage during the regular 2000 Legislative