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Bill to increase juror pay clears House panel

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho jurors in lengthy trials are one step closer to getting a bigger paycheck. The House Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee advanced the plan on Wednesday, which would pay jurors $50 per day if their trial lasts five days or longer. Democratic Rep. John Gannon from Boise, who sponsored the bill, says most counties pay jurors the minimum of $10 per day even though state law allows paying up to $50. The money would come from a $2 increase in the fee for filing a civil lawsuit. Three lawmakers from the 17-member panel voted against the bill. Republican Rep. Lynn Luker from Boise says it's not fair that only people who file civil cases are footing the bill for everyone. The bill, HB 162, will now be considered by the full House.

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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