JTAC fee bill amended, other bills moving

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The Senate bill aimed at increasing the automated record-keeping fee to pay for a statewide case management system made it out of committee, but not before legislators decreased the fee beginning this year.

The introduced version of Senate Bill 301, which was prepared by the Commission on Courts, sought to increase the automated record-keeping fee to $10 from July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2015. The fee would then be reduced back to the current amount of $7 beginning July 1, 2015.

But the Committee on Tax and Fiscal Policy amended the bill Thursday and actually reduced the fee to $6 from July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2013. After that, the fee is reduced again to $4. The proposed increase in fees was to pay for Odyssey, the case management system that the Judicial Technology and Automation Committee is implementing across the state.

The committee also increased the public defense administration fee court clerks collect in civil actions to $5 beginning July 1. Legislators also increased the semi-annual amount the auditor of the state transfers for deposits into the public defense fund from $2.7 million to $3.7 million.

Other bills that have seen action in the last week:

-SB 91, establishing unified Circuit Courts in Henry and Madison counties, passed the Senate Feb. 3;
-SB 169, on probate, trusts, and transfer on death transfers, passed the Senate Feb. 3;
- SB 180, on limited partnerships and liability companies, passed the Judiciary Committee Feb. 10;
- SB 499, providing for Lake Superior County Division judges to be nominated instead of elected, passed the Senate Feb. 3;
- SB 520, regarding the application of foreign laws, passed the Judiciary Committee Feb. 9;
-SB 530, merging the offense of criminal deviate conduct into the crime of rape, passed the Corrections, Criminal & Civil Matters Committee Feb. 10;
- HB 1266, establishing a unified Circuit Court for Clark County, passed the Courts & Criminal Code Committee Feb. 10;
-HB 1311, on changes to planning and zoning law, passed the House Feb. 10; and
- HB 1548, recognition of foreign country money judgments, passed the House Feb. 8.

A complete list of legislation is available on the General Assembly’s website.


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