SECTION 1. Section 2 of chapter 211D of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2012 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out the first sentence and inserting in place thereof the following sentence:- The committee for public counsel services shall establish a definition of “indigency” for the purposes of this chapter and uniform standards and procedures for the determination by the courts of the commonwealth that a person is indigent and is unable to obtain counsel.
SECTION 2. Section 2A of said chapter 211D, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking out subsections (f), (g), (h) and (i) and inserting in place thereof the following subsection:-
(f) The office of the commissioner of probation shall submit quarterly reports to the house and senate committees on ways and means that shall include, but not be limited to: (1) the number of individuals claiming indigency who are determined to be indigent; (2) the number of individuals claiming indigency who are determined not to be indigent; (3) the number of individuals found to have misrepresented wage, tax or asset information; (4) the number of individuals found to no longer qualify for appointment of counsel upon any re-assessment of indigency required by this section; (5) the total number of times an indigent misrepresentation fee was collected and the aggregate amount of indigent misrepresentation fees collected; and (6) other pertinent information to ascertain the effectiveness of indigency verification procedures. The information within such reports shall be delineated by court division, and delineated further by month.
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