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Governor signs JTAC, workers’ comp bills into law

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The Division of State Court Administration’s Judicial Technology and Automation Committee will see a temporary boost in funding for its Odyssey case management system under a new law signed by Gov. Mike Pence.

House Enrolled Act 1393 increases the civil filing fee dedicated for Odyssey from $5 to $7 for two years. After that, it will drop back to the $5 level. The new law also creates an oversight committee that will report to the Legislature on matters such as whether funding for Odyssey should be extended.

Counties that do not use Odyssey will use that fee for the operation and maintenance of their systems.

Pence signed the legislation this weekend, but held a ceremonial signing at 2 p.m. Monday in his office.

Pence also signed HEA 1320 Saturday, which reconfigures the state’s workers’ compensation laws. It increases nonmedical workers’ compensation caps to $390,000 per injury for injuries occurring after July 1, 2014. It increases the average weekly wage used to calculate compensation for nonmedical temporary partial or total disability, and for total permanent disability. On or after July 1, 2014, the average weekly wage used will increase $195 to $1,170.

The new law also urges the Legislative Council to assign to the interim study committee on insurance the study of workers’ compensation and occupational disease compensation topics, including minimum payment amounts for services or products provided by medical service facilities, payments for implants, and the establishment and membership of a committee to advise the Worker’s Compensation Board in the administration of a workers’ comp and occupational diseases compensation program.

 

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  1. I'm not sure what's more depressing: the fact that people would pay $35,000 per year to attend an unaccredited law school, or the fact that the same people "are hanging in there and willing to follow the dean’s lead in going forward" after the same school fails to gain accreditation, rendering their $70,000 and counting education worthless. Maybe it's a good thing these people can't sit for the bar.

  2. Such is not uncommon on law school startups. Students and faculty should tap Bruce Green, city attorney of Lufkin, Texas. He led a group of studnets and faculty and sued the ABA as a law student. He knows the ropes, has advised other law school startups. Very astute and principled attorney of unpopular clients, at least in his past, before Lufkin tapped him to run their show.

  3. Not that having the appellate records on Odyssey won't be welcome or useful, but I would rather they first bring in the stray counties that aren't yet connected on the trial court level.

  4. Aristotle said 350 bc: "The most hated sort, and with the greatest reason, is usury, which makes a gain out of money itself, and not from the natural object of it. For money was intended to be used in exchange, but not to increase at interest. And this term interest, which means the birth of money from money, is applied to the breeding of money because the offspring resembles the parent. Wherefore of an modes of getting wealth this is the most unnatural.

  5. Oh yes, lifetime tenure. The Founders gave that to the federal judges .... at that time no federal district courts existed .... so we are talking the Supreme Court justices only in context ....so that they could rule against traditional marriage and for the other pet projects of the sixties generation. Right. Hmmmm, but I must admit, there is something from that time frame that seems to recommend itself in this context ..... on yes, from a document the Founders penned in 1776: " He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good."

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