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Criminal Defendant Indigency Verification-- Require Data Match

SECTION 13.   The third sentence of subsection (c) of section 2A of chapter 211D of the General Laws, as appearing in section 112 of chapter 68 of the acts of 2011, is hereby amended by striking out the word "may" and inserting in place thereof the following word:- shall.

When a court's chief probation officer verifies a criminal defendant's indigency before free counsel is appointed, this section requires (rather than allows) the officer to access relevant data held by the state Departments of Revenue and Transitional Assistance and the Registry of Motor Vehicles.