82nd Legislative Session Summary

General Appropriations

During the 82nd Legislature's Regular Session, the general appropriations bill or HB 1 reduced funding for indigent defense to $54,674,013 for the biennium ($27.3 million each year), which reflects $8.6 million in cuts over the biennium, 10% reduction of administrative budget over the biennium ($174,100), and the loss of one FTE (staff) position. During the First Called Session the legislature restored $7.6 million in funding, the administrative budget and FTE as part of SB 2. The legislature also continued to fund innocence projects at the four public law schools at $320,000 each year of the biennium ($80,000/school), while also providing $80,000 each year and one FTE for administration and coordination of the innocence projects.