600.040. 1. The city or county shall provide office space and utility services, other than telephone service, for the circuit or regional public defender and his personnel. If there is more than one county in a circuit or region, each county shall contribute, on the basis of population, its pro rata share of the costs of office space and utility services, other than telephone service. The state shall pay, within the limits of the appropriation therefor, all other expenses and costs of the state public defender system authorized under this chapter.
2. A complete budget for the state public defender system shall be provided through an annual appropriation subject to approval by the governor and the general assembly. The budget request for the state public defender system shall be approved by the commission and submitted directly to the governor and the general assembly by the director and shall not be subject to diminution or alteration by the judicial department of state government.
3. Any person who is a public defender or employee of a public defender shall be entitled to all benefits of the Missouri state employees' retirement system as defined in sections 104.310 to 104.550.
(L. 1972 H.B. 1314 § 7, A.L. 1982 H.B. 1169)
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