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Judicial Contractor Loan Forgiveness Eligibility

Concerning means of ensuring that independent contractors who perform legal services on behalf of independent judicial agencies are eligible for the federal public service loan forgiveness program.
2024 Regular Session
Courts & Judicial
State Government
Bill 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 act:

  • 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.

APPROVED by Governor May 15, 2024

EFFECTIVE May 15, 2024
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


Became Law


Bill Text

  • All Versions (7 )
    Date Bill Type Documents
    05/15/2024 Signed Act PDF
    05/02/2024 Final Act PDF
    04/23/2024 Rerevised PDF
    04/22/2024 Revised PDF
    04/08/2024 Reengrossed PDF
    04/05/2024 Engrossed PDF
    03/12/2024 Introduced PDF

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details