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NEWS ALERT: Indigent Defense Study Bill Has PASSED Senate!

My review of the VGA website shows that SJ 51, the indigent defense study bill now amended to just study a statewide appellate defender office (like they have in Michigan) passed the Virginia Senate today!  I spoke with Senator Dance’s Chief of Staff, Ed Reed (Thanks to you Ed for your tremendous help on this) and it has passed the state senate on a voice vote!  (Reading was waived 40-0 which I assume means this bill had no opposition.  I am learning much about the legislative process.)

it is now going to the House of Delegates and it has been assigned to the House Rules Committee.  House Rules is chaired by the Speaker of the House of Delegates, William J. Howell.

If you want to contact House Rules, go here;


House Rules


Howell (Chairman), Landes, Cox, Kilgore, Ware, Jones, Orrock, Knight, Ingram, Massie, Habeeb, Plum, Toscano, Spruill, Carr


Friday, On the Call of the Speaker, Speaker’s Conference Room

So some Friday, I might get to perhaps speak before House Rules on how this bill will push the ball forward so that the promise of Gideon will be available for all Virginians.

Here is the status of the bill so far:



About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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