It will cost more to file a lawsuit, file civil suit motions, and to have a case decided by a magistrate under the proposed House budget.
This morning, House Finance Committee approved a slew of new and increased fees totaling about $100 million. The vote was along party lines, with Democrats opposed.
The fee package, which will be rolled into the budget the House Appropriations Committee will begin debating tomorrow, includes contingency fees in case the legislature approves a plan that would have people convicted of misdeamenors locked up county jails rather than state prisons.
Drivers who are convicted of "improper equipment" violations would pay $50 fees that would stay with the counties. Drivers caught speeding often plead to a lesser charge of having a broken speedometer. The new $50 fee they'd pay is expected to raise $12.4 million.