A compromise was reached on SB 248 And HB 106 during the waning hours of the last day of the legislative session, and by a significant majority in both the Senate and the House the legislature approved a bill to increase the surcharge on civil court filing fees to address the funding crisis caused by historically low interest rates on IOLTA.  Projections indicate that the bill as adopted, which contains a 3-year sunset provision, would generate approximately $6.1 million annually to address the shortfall in IOLTA revenue and help fund civil legal aid to low-income Marylanders.   Although short of our original goal, this is a tremendous success by any measure.


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