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Courts face tough slog at Capitol

Intense competition for budget dollars could make for a disappointing session for the judicial branch, which is seeking a 7.5 percent funding increase — or an additional $45 million — mostly to pay for raises for court personnel after five consecutive years of salary freezes.

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Gun proposals stall in the Legislature

After debating a bill to expand background checks to gun shows, private sales and online sales for nearly two hours Wednesday morning, the House Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee reconvened in the evening only for a moment to lay over the bill instead of taking a vote, leaving the fate of background checks hanging in limbo.

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House GOP shakes up committees

The House Judiciary Policy and Finance Committee will no longer be a stand-alone committee and Rep. Steve Smith will no longer be a chairman, according to House Speaker Kurt Zellers. Also, Rep. Tom Hackbarth has been given a gavel on a new energy subcommittee.

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Legal aid groups wrestle with new restriction

A little-discussed provision in the public safety budget bill is causing headaches for legal services organizations across the state. The legislation states that “priority must be given” to clients with cases in state courts when spending state dollars.

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