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Court filing fee increase voted down on House floor
Court filing fee increase voted down on House floor

An unusual alliance of Republicans and urban liberals defeated a bill in the House Friday night that have raised filing fees for civil cases in order to help pay for a new computerized court records system now being installed. The legislation, which had been sought by the state's judiciary, was turned down 77-59 after opponents argued that the higher fees in eviction cases would ultimately be paid by low-income tenants who eventually raise the back rent to keep their homes. They noted that tenants in those cases are generally required to pay their landlords' court costs. House Minority Whip Kathy Szeliga, a Harford County Republican, called it "a user fee for tenants being...

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