SHB 1055

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C 163 L 17

Synopsis as Enacted

Brief Description: Concerning pro bono legal services for military service members, veterans, and their families.

Sponsors: House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Kilduff, Muri, Haler, Shea, Appleton, Klippert, Lovick, Stokesbary, Stanford, Jinkins, Reeves, MacEwen, Koster, Hayes, Barkis, Kloba, Frame, Ormsby, Bergquist, Goodman, Gregerson, Young, Kirby, Fey, Slatter, Sawyer and Tarleton; by request of Attorney General).

House Committee on Judiciary

House Committee on Appropriations

Senate Committee on Law & Justice

Senate Committee on Ways & Means


Civil legal aid programs provide free or low-cost legal services designed to help low-income individuals, families, and communities.

Civil legal aid services available for low-income veterans, military personnel, and their families in Washington include:

National and regional organizations providing civil legal aid services to veterans, military personnel, and their families include:

Other protections and resources available to veterans, military personnel, and their families include:


The Office of Military and Veteran Legal Assistance (the Office) is created within the Office of the Attorney General, subject to the availability of amounts appropriated for this specific purpose. The purpose of the Office is to promote and facilitate civil legal assistance programs, pro bono services, and self-help services for military service members, veterans, and their family members domiciled or stationed in Washington.


"Family member" is defined as the spouse or domestic partner, surviving spouse, surviving domestic partner, and dependent minor children under 21 years of age of a living or deceased service member or veteran for whom the service member or veteran provided at least one-half of that person's support in the previous 180 days before seeking assistance of the program.

The Attorney General may not: (1) directly provide legal assistance, advice, or representation in any context, unless otherwise authorized by law; or (2) provide legal assistance, pro bono services, or self-help services to a service member, veteran, or family member being criminally prosecuted.

Duties of the Office of Military and Veteran Legal Assistance.

The Office must:

Advisory Committee.

The Office must establish an advisory committee to provide advice and assistance regarding program design, operation, volunteer recruitment and support strategies, service delivery objectives and priorities, and funding. The committee must include, among others:

The Attorney General may apply for and receive grants, gifts, donations, bequests, or other contributions to help support, and to be used exclusively for, the operations of the Office.

Votes on Final Passage:







(Senate amended)




(House concurred)


July 23, 2017