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House votes 40-28 to extend emergency surcharge on offenders to fund courts

The House has voted 40-28 in favor of HB 123, the bill from the state’s court system to remove the “sunset,” or expiration date, from the emergency surcharge that was added to infraction, misdemeanor and felony offenses in 2010 to keep courts operating despite the state’s budget crunch. The surcharge is expected to raise $4.1 million of the courts’ funding next year; they are requesting that it continue, rather than that the state replace that money from its general tax funds. The bill now moves to the Senate side. 

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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