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CBFB70BB7D6B5279872586BF004D8F3D Hearing Summary




PUBLIC
BILL SUMMARY For DISCUSSION REGARDING SOLICITING ATTORNEYS TO REPRESENT THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

JOINT COMMITTEE COMMITTEE ON LEGAL SERVICES
Date Apr 22, 2021      
Location Old State Library



Discussion regarding soliciting attorneys to represent the General Assembly - Committee Discussion Only


08:07:12 AM  

Sharon Eubanks, Director, Office of Legislative Legal Services, testified before the Committee. Ms. Eubanks discussed possible ways to expand the pool of attorneys who may represent the General Assembly and the possibility of increasing the hourly rate of compensation.

Representative Weissman discussed researching the rate of compensation and looking at what other states pay outside counsel and addressed the reason for seeking additional attorneys to add to the list of those the Committee may retain.

08:14:48 AM  

Senator Gardner suggested putting out a request for information for attorneys who might have interest in representing the General Assembly that requires a specific experience level and also discussed raising the hourly rate of compensation.

Representative Herod agreed with Senator Gardner about raising the hourly rate of compensation.

Representative Snyder suggested getting a compensation survey of attorneys that work in this area of law for the last 8 years.

Representative Weissman explained that only using an inflationary adjustment of the compensation rate might not raise it enough but that he would like to see more data.

Senator Cooke thanked the Office for exploring a way to expand the pool of attorneys.

Senator Gardner and Ms. Eubanks discussed the request for information and who should cull through that information. Senator Gardner also stated that he thinks a larger pool of attorneys is necessary.

08:25:07 AM  

Senator Lee asked the Office to gather information on the topic and come back with information and recommendations.

Representative Herod discussed keeping an eye on the capacity of the Office and why the General Assembly has needed to hire outside counsel.