Clerks of court might be untangled from state budget

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It looks like the clerks of court might be out the state budget again, as lawmakers try to untangle themselves from what seems like an annual ritual of deciding how much to give to the state’s court system. Budget-writing committees in both the House and Senate approved measures that would largely remove the clerks from the state’s budget and allow them to run on the fees they charge, a system that was reversed in 2009 because of changes made during the foreclosure crisis.

There are differences between the House measure (HB 5301) and the Senate version (SB 7052) that will still have to be worked out in conference. But lawmakers say they want the annual saga of how to deal with clerks funding to end. “This is no way to run a court system,” said Sen. Joe Negron. “It’s not fair to the clerks. … They shouldn’t be having to have a bake sale to keep the courthouse running.”

Via the News Service of Florida.

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