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Plan to increase civil court fees dies

May 13, 2010 1:23:00 PM - thestate.com
A plan to raise fees on civil court filings and depositions is dead.

By a 58 to 51 vote today, House lawmakers failed to override Gov. Mark Sanford's veto of increasing court fees. The $21 million that the increased fees would have produced would have paid for judicial operations.

State Supreme Court Justice Jean Toal has said she likely will have to lay off court reporters and law clerks without the additional money.

Sanford and some House Democrats argued the increases will cut off some residents’ access to courts. Other Democrats, including House Minority Leader Harry Ott of Orangeburg, said money for courts should be dealt with in the state budget, not through fee increases.

Today’s vote makes it very likely that House members and senators will have to go to conference committee to hammer out a compromise budget for next year, in part to operate the state’s courts.

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