INDIANAPOLIS — On Wednesday, Senate Enrollment Act (SEA) 488 was officially signed into law by the governor. This proposal would allow for the regionalization of public defender services and would also reform county public defense boards. Simply put, counties will now be allowed to share resources and restrictions on who can serve on the county boards will be put in place. State Senator Greg Taylor (D-Indianapolis), one of the authors of the proposal, had the following remarks on the bill’s passage:

“Getting this proposal passed this year was a priority. After a year-long study of the public defense system, the Indiana Task Force on Public Defense gave several recommendations on how to reform and improve our system; SEA 488 directly seeks to meet two of the five recommendations put forth in the initiative. This legislation will bring about necessary reform that will strengthen and improve our public defense system.”