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SB 280 & HB 265 (Chair, Judicial Proceedings by request Maryland Judicial Conference) Task Force to Study Implementing a Civil Right to Counsel in Maryland proposes a 12 member task force to study resources available to assist in providing counsel to low-income Marylanders; it includes the right to have counsel at public expense in basic human needs cases, how this right to counsel might be implemented and the cost and revenue sources. The task force has to make recommendations to the Governor and Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals by October 1, 2013. (JPR, hrg 2/9; JUD hrg 2/15)
HB 1386 (F. Turner & Luedke) Estates & Trusts - Register of Wills Fees proposes to require payment of fees prior to recording of documents, increases probate fees from current range $50 to $2,500 plus to $75 to $3,750, increases fees for small estates and other document fees.
SB 1055 (Zirkin & Stone) Court Costs - Criminal Cases - Funding for Law Enforcement proposes additional costs of $7.50 with Comptroller to deposit half into Law Enforcement Equipment Fund and the other half to law enforcement agency that issues citation or completed report of case.