- Associated Press - Friday, November 18, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California attorneys will pay just under $300 in dues to the state bar next year under a funding plan approved by the state Supreme Court.

The court approved the dues on Thursday. The Sacramento Bee reports (https://bit.ly/2g62zyr ) that they will cover the state bar’s basic functions, but are less than what the bar association was seeking.

The bar was forced to turn to the state Supreme Court for funding after the Legislature adjourned in August without approving an annual bill to authorize the collection of attorney dues. That bill got bogged down in a fight over the state bar’s roles as a disciplinary body and lobbying arm for the legal profession. Critics say the state bar should focus on its disciplinary role.

The dues approved by the state Supreme Court exclude funding for lobbying.

Membership fees in 2016 were $430.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, https://www.sacbee.com

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