H.R. 4185, District of Columbia Courts, Public Defender Service, and Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency Act

H.R. 4185

District of Columbia Courts, Public Defender Service, and Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency Act

Sponsor
Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton

Date
July 14, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Monday, July 14, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 4185, the District of Columbia Courts, Public Defender Service, and Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency Act, under a suspension of the rules.  H.R. 4185 was introduced on March 10, 2014 by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and referred to the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which ordered the bill reported by voice vote.

Bill Summary

H.R. 4185 provides additional authority to District of Columbia Courts to make managerial and personnel decisions, including: the authority to collect debts and erroneous payments made to current and former court employees; the authority of the Director of Court Services and the Offender Supervision Agency to develop and operate incentive programs for sentenced offenders.  This legislation also provides permanent authority for the Director of Court Services to accept or solicit any nonmonetary gift, donation, property, or services to facilitate the work of the Agency; and the authority to use reimbursements from the District government for space and services provided.  Finally, this legislation authorizes the Public Defender Service to accept and use public grants, private contributions, and voluntary services.

Cost

CBO estimates that implementing this legislation would affect direct spending.  However, CBO estimates that the net effect on direct spending would be insignificant.[1]  Enacting H.R. 4185 would not affect revenues.

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[1] http://www.cbo.gov/publication/45380

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.