Claman: Let public defenders testify on crime bills in person

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House Judiciary Committee Chair Matt Claman brought an abrupt end to a Friday hearing on one of Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s crime bills, placing new conditions on testifying in person.

The Anchorage Democrat told committee members no Department of Law attorney based outside of Juneau can testify in person, until Dunleavy approves similar travel requests for the Public Defender Agency.

“If they are going to say the public defender can’t come and be in person, then their folks from Anchorage can also testify by phone,” Claman said after the brief hearing.

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