Public guardianship - commission - office of public guardianship - appropriation. The act removes the condition that the public guardianship commission (commission) and director for the office of public guardianship (office) wait to carry out certain duties until the public guardianship cash fund has received $1,700,000 in gifts, grants, and donations. The act requires the office, upon receiving sufficient funding, to begin operations in the second judicial district prior to operating in any other judicial district. The office's reporting deadlines are extended from 2021 to 2023. The office is required to implement its discontinuation plan if there is no legislation to continue or expand the office prior to adjournment sine die of the 2023 legislative session.
The act increases specified court fees and requires the state treasurer to deposit the balance of the increased fees in the office of public guardianship cash fund.
For the 2019-20 state fiscal year, $835,386 is appropriated to the judicial department for use by the office of public guardianship. Of this amount, $427,000 is from the general fund and $408,386 is from the office of public guardianship cash fund.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)