A Senate panel has begun hearing arguments on a bill to fix the way Michigan counties provide defense attorneys to the poor.
The chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee says he’s still skeptical about the legislation.
Senator Rick Jones says it’s clear a handful of counties are having problems appointing competent public defenders. But he says he still doesn’t see it as a statewide issue that requires sweeping changes.
Nancy Diehl is the former president of the State Bar of Michigan, which supports the bill.