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Bill Detail: HB24-1374

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Title Judicial Contractor Loan Forgiveness Eligibility
Status Governor Signed (05/15/2024)
Bill Subjects
  • Courts & Judicial
  • State Government
House Sponsors M. Rutinel (D)
J. Marvin (D)
Senate Sponsors D. Michaelson Jenet (D)
House Committee Judiciary
Senate Committee Judiciary
Date Introduced 03/12/2024
Summary

Independent contractors (contractors) were previously ineligible
for the federal public service loan forgiveness program (program), which
forgives remaining federal student loan liability for government and
nonprofit full-time employees after 10 years of qualifying service, but in
2023 the federal government made contractors who perform work for a
government agency eligible for the program if the work cannot be
performed by a government employee. Three independent judicial
agencies, the office of the alternative defense counsel, the office of the
child's representative, and the office of respondent parents' counsel
(agencies) primarily use contractors to provide legal representation on
behalf of the agencies because providing the same services through state
employees would create ethical conflicts.
To enable these contractors to qualify for the program if they
otherwise meet program requirements, the bill:
  • Clarifies that state employees cannot provide the legal
services that the independent contractors provide;
  • Allows the agencies to certify that a contractor appears to
be eligible for the program; and
  • Because some contractors provide or have provided legal
services on behalf of more than one of the agencies,
authorizes the agencies to share contractor information to
the extent necessary to certify a contractor's eligibility for
the program.

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