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New Missouri Budget Includes Funding New Public Defenders

The Missouri Senate has passed a 34-billion dollar state operating budget that could put an end to a waitlist for public defender services and help reduce caseloads. The Missouri Public Defender System has nearly 400 lawyers handling about 90,000 cases annually. Senate Appropriations Chairman Dan Hegeman (hegga-mun) says the budget proposal would add several attorneys.

FTE stands for full-time employees. A group of House and Senate members will start negotiating their budget differences early next week.

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