Wisconsin hopes to address attorney shortage in rural areas
Lawmakers hope a new Wisconsin bill that offers attorneys thousands of dollars in student loan forgiveness will encourage them to move to rural parts of the state and take on court-appointed cases.
Republican Rep. Ron Tusler of Harrison is one of the bill’s co-sponsors. He tells Wisconsin Public Radio that the legislation is an attempt to address attorney shortages in rural counties.
The bill would create a two-year pilot program and set aside $250,000 a year. Tusler says participants could qualify for up to $20,000 in loan forgiveness each year.
Tusler hopes the program will give people in rural areas more legal options and better representation.
A committee will see the bill early next year.
The state currently pays attorneys from more urban areas to drive to rural areas for cases.
Information from: Wisconsin Public Radio, http://www.wpr.org