Legislative Updates: 114th Congress
Rep Deutch Introduces Status of the Sixth Amendment Act
Congressman Deutch (FL-21), a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, has introduced H.R. 4606, the Status of the Sixth Amendment Act.
This bill would require states to report on the number of defendants appearing in felony cases, misdemeanor cases, and juvenile delinquency proceedings without representation by counsel. States would have three years to begin providing this information to the Department of Justice, which would then be posted and available to the public on the DOJ website.
This bipartisan legislation was introduced by Deutch, Congressman Steve Chabot (OH-1), and Congressman John Conyers (MI-13). Deutch is also the original sponsor of the National Center for the Right to Counsel Act, which would also improve public defender systems across America by ensuring defendants are given access to legal counsel.
A copy of H.R. 4606 is available here.