Amendment #38 to H.3700

Removal of CPCS Funding for Sex Offender Classification Hearings

Representatives Jones of North Reading, Peterson of Grafton, Hill of Ipswich, Poirier of North Attleborough and deMacedo of Plymouth move that the bill be amended by adding the following sections:

“SECTION XX. Section 178L of chapter 6 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2012 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking in paragraph (a), in lines 26 through 34, inclusive, the words, ‘his right to retain counsel to represent him at such hearing and his right to have counsel appointed for him if he is found to be indigent as determined by the board using the standards under chapter 211D; provided, however, that such indigent offender may also apply for and the board may grant payment of fees for an expert witness in any case where the board in its classification proceeding intends to rely on the testimony or report of an expert witness prepared specifically for the purposes of the classification proceeding.’ and inserting in place thereof the words:- and his right to retain counsel to represent him at such hearing.

SECTION XX. Section 178L of chapter 6 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking in paragraph (c), in lines 65 through 73, inclusive, the words, ‘his right to retain counsel to represent him at such hearing and his right to have counsel appointed for him if he is found to be indigent as determined by the board using the standards under chapter 211D; provided, however, that such indigent offender may also apply for and the board may grant payment of fees for an expert witness in any case where the board in its classification proceeding intends to rely on the testimony or report of an expert witness prepared specifically for the purposes of the classification proceeding.’ and inserting in place thereof the words:- and his right to retain counsel to represent him at such hearing.

SECTION XX. Section 178L of chapter 6 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking in subsection (2), in lines 84 through 87, inclusive, the sentence ‘The board shall inform offenders requesting a hearing under the provisions of subsection (1) of their right to have counsel appointed if a sex offender is deemed to be indigent as determined by the board using the standards under chapter 211D.’”.