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I OPPOSE Fee Increase for Biennial Attorney Registration

The Governor’s 2017-2018 budget proposal includes some additional state funding for indigent defense services, to be used to bring the services up to a constitutional level statewide. However, the Governor inappropriately proposes to raise some of those additional funds by increasing the Biennial Attorney Registration Fee by $50. We are disappointed that the Assembly has included the fee increase in its budget bill.

We commend the Senate for supporting additional funding but rejecting this fee increase. It recognized the unfairness of funding the state’s societal and constitutional obligation by levying a surcharge on the legal profession. I urge the Governor and the Assembly to join the Senate in funding these critically-important, constitutionally-mandated services without targeting lawyers with an unfair surcharge. ...

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