Public defender; supplementing compensation. (SB282)

Introduced By

Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Supplementing compensation of public defender. Requires the governing body of any county or city that elects to supplement the compensation of the attorney for the Commonwealth, or any of his deputies or his employees, above the salary of any such officer, deputy, or employee to supplement the compensation of the public defender, or any of his deputies or employees. The bill provides that such supplemental compensation is proportional if the public defender, his deputies, and his other employees are each paid in amounts commensurate to the closest equivalent position in the local Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney, as adjusted for seniority and experience level. The bill has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2024. Read the Bill »


02/10/2022: Incorporated into Another Bill


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22103779D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
01/24/2022Reported from Judiciary (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2022Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
01/28/2022Impact statement from DHCD/CLG (SB282)
02/02/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB282)
02/10/2022Incorporated by Finance and Appropriations (SB475-McClellan) (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)


ChangeServant, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

SUPPORT this bill that will help equalize compensation for prosecutors and public defenders. The bill would require localities that supplement state payments for prosecutors to do the same for public defenders. Equalizing pay will help make the system fairer by helping public defender office attract and retain highly qualified attorneys.

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